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The grave was totally destroyed by the workers.
The tarsoly cover plate of Izsák
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

Provenance:
Izsák-Balázspuszta, Bács-Kiskun County, North side of the Solt motorway

Discovery of the finding:
On 18th of May, in 1974, during vineyard work a Conquest age grave was disturbed. The grave was totally destroyed by the workers. The lower right side part of the plate, together with three rivets was lost at the time of discovery. The plate itself is dented and the surface is cracked as a result of bad handling by the finders.

Material:
Silver foreplate, copper backplate

Size:

Preparation method:
Along its border there are five (upside) and sixteen (around) dome-headed rivets forming a line. The backplate is unevenly hammered. The suspension strap of the tarsoly was ornamented with a small cast silver mount.

 

Detail of the tarsoly cover plate of Izsák
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
   

Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

Artwork:
Its upper edge is straight, the lower sides are curved, its lower edge is round. The edge of the backplate is fragmentary and heavily damaged. This plate is one of the most puritanical one. The double spiral pattern of the heart-shaped upper part and the semi-circular ornamentation on its lower part are similar to a human face. Two drop-shaped on top and along the two sides break the curve of the edge. They could have been decorating the suspender strap of the tarsoly. Similar to this rare, Conquest age human depiction mounts are those of Tuzsér and Karos. On the basis of the well-known tarsoly “reconstruction research” the strap end certainly belonged to the locking unit of the tarsoly. Its closest parallel was found in the Bodrogszerdahely burial. The small cast silver buckle together with the small strap end were certainly part of the closing device of the tarsoly. The ring is oval, worn, and deformed. The buckle plate is pentagonal with a small rectangular opening for the missing tongue. There are two rivets on the backside. This type of the buckle is very often found in Magyar Conquest age graves.

Usage:

Inventory number:
Katona József Múzeum, Kecskemét - tarsoly cover plate: 76.2.11.; mount: 76.21.10.; little strap end: 76.2.8.; buckle:76.2.9.

Literature:
H. Tóth 1976, 177.; 179.

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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