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Presently, this rare piece of treasure is not at the place it deserves.
The following data are not based on official, written facts by experts but on the personal, unconfirmed information I obtained and on my own knowledge. Thus, I publish these data as my ideas and not as proven facts. Should I learn some new facts in the near future, the information here might continuously be updated. The copy of this tarsoly cover plate can be seen at a temporary exhibition in Warsaw, Poland. The following photograph is covering the front-page of one of the books by István Bóna.
The tarsoly cover plate of Báránd
Photo: The maker of the photo is unknown for me. I obtained this photo from an Internet source that was not protected by copyright.

The exact place and time of the original finding of this cover plate is unknown. The second time of its appearance is supposed to have happened at a private property land in Báránd, Hajdú-Bihar county.

Discovery of the finding:
This plate was found most probably around 1998, during demolition of an old house. The inheritors of the house, found the plate stuck in mud, together with one stirrup, hidden in a corner of one of the beams at their garret. The late - and alleged - great-great-grandfather must have had a good reason to keep finding of the peerless piece of treasure in secret.

Silver gilt foreplate.

No data is available.

Preparation method:
The craftsman used punches and chisels for chasing the finer details of the design onto the plate. One or both edges of the palmette leaves are picked out with a hatched band. The surface of the swirling mass of tendrils is broken by curved bands, similarly finely hatched. The inward-twirling tips of the leaves as well as the veins of the leaves are terminalled by a dot. The frontplate was attached to the backplate with fifteen rivets. The craftsman highlighted the embossed design by lavishly gilding and hammering back the background.



The design of this plate is quite similar to those of the Karos and Rakamaz plates. The trefoil palmette tendrils leaning from downwards to upwards meet in the middle, their curves surrounding the main leafy motif of the design at the same time. In its middle axe we can find the budding, fleshy-leafed Tree of Life with its widening upper part putting a crown-like finish to the whole composition. The silver framing band of the plate is unornamented.

This plate was found in an exceptionally good state.

The plate used to be deposited at the Déri Museum of Debrecen. At present, it is in private property and not in a museum.


First notice – Ibolya Nepper: Europalia ’99 Exhibition Catalogue, Brussels, Belgium.

Detail of a former map
The place of concealment of the tarsoly finding can be found on this map detail of Bihar county from 1918. Note: The place of concealment is not identical with the place where it originallt rested.
Source: Map-collection of the National Széchényi Library of Budapest