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Hozzáadhatod e lapot a kedvencekhez

Leather tarsoly

 

 

 

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No weapons, iron harness fittings, saddle remains or articles of jewellery survived the discovery of the grave.
The tarsoly cover plate of Budapest-Farkasrét
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

Provenance:
Farkasrét Cemetery, Budapest

Discovery of the finding:

During digging a grave in the Farkasrét Cemetery of Budapest some Avar, and Conquest age Magyar finds were sold to the Hungarian National Museum. Exact place and date of the discovery are unknown. No notes remained of the find circumstances either.

Material:
Gilt silver.

Size:
The middle mount is 66x66 mm. The smaller quadrate mounts could be of 36x36 mm, while the upper mount is around 100 mm long and the lower border mounts are 70x29 mm

Preparation method:
The mounts were cast of silver, then gilded. The mounts were fixed to the leather lid with simple and dome-headed rivets from the reverse. The closest parallel to this tarsoly could be the 9th century finds from Southern Russia.

 

Detail of the tarsoly cover plate of Budapest-Farkasrét
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
   
Drawing of the tarsoly cover plate of Budapest-Farkasrét
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Artwork:
A quadrangular mount set on its edge adorned the centre of the lid, and a wide triangular mount its top. Between these two mounts were smaller quadrangular mounts, while another two curved mounts were attached to the base. Each mount has an opening in its centre either for a precious stone or a glass-paste inlay.

Usage:
The user of this tarsoly is supposed by archaeologists to be a high-ranking man, a member of the ‘Vág-along’ conquest-age clan

Inventory number:

Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, Budapest - 104/1909. 66-72.

Literature:
Dienes 1973, 177-213.

Detail of a former map
The provenance of the tarsoly finding can be found on this map detail of Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun county from 1930?.
Source: Map-collection of the National Széchényi Library of Budapest

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