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The grave of a very high-ranking person was destroyed.
The tarsoly cover plate of Dunavecse-Fehéregyháza
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

The area known as Csanádfehéregyháza, (later called Fehéregyház puszta), near Dunavecse, Bács-Kiskun county

Discovery of the finding:

Only the tarsoly plate of the grave No. 1. made its way to the hands of Elek Kada of the Kecskemét Museum, of all the finds uncovered during sand quarrying, in 1910. Later he uncovered further 23 graves at the same territory. The border of the plate was damaged along several spots when it was found. The exact location of the cemetery is unknown by now. With the exception of the tarsoly cover plate find, all the goods of the grave were lost during the World War II.

Gilded silver foreplate, copper backplate.

135x125 mm.

Preparation method:

A silver ribbon border with imitation beading was riveted to the plate. The plate was worked from both sides: the contours of the palmettes were highlighted with chasing on the obverse. While palmette leaves and the central border were embossed from the reverse. Its decoration is unique, with no matching finds among other Conquest period collections.


Detail of the tarsoly cover plate of Dunavecse-Fehéregyháza
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
Drawing of the tarsoly cover plate of Dunavecse-Fehéregyháza
József Huszka: History of the Magyar Turanian Ornamentation

A tarsoly plate sectioned to five parts, with gilt background, and a square collet for a precious stone in the centre. The diamond-shaped central field has a foliate design of palmette leaves unfurling from the perforation in its centre, a motif that evokes the central locking mount of mount ornamented tarsoly-s. According to the finders a ‘bright white stone or glass’ could be seen in its centre (most likely glass paste) which had already been lost by the time it reached the Kecskemét museum. The beading framing the central field is flanked by looped palmette leaves.

The surface shows signs of extensive traces of wear. Since its discovery, the state of the plate was further deteriorated.

Inventory number:
Katona József Múzeum, Kecskemét - 55.41.588.

Kada 1912, 326-328; Fettich 1937, 80-81.

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