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4-6 graves were disturbed during agricultural work at the North hill.
The tarsoly mounts of Karos No. 41
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

Grave No.41 of the 2nd cemetery, the middle hill of a North to East line of hills, West to Karos, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county.

Discovery of the finding:

4-6 graves in 1899, 40-50 graves in 1935 were destroyed during agricultural work, by the landowner. 73 graves of the cemetery No.2 were uncovered by László Révész between 1986 and 1990. The cemetery was extremely rich in insignia of rank. Two graves contained a mount-ornamented tarsoly. A tarsoly cover plate was found in a third burial. The grave No.52 was the burial of an exceptionally wealthy and high-ranking man. The Karos No.3 cemetery was uncovered between 1988-1990.

Cast bronze.

Border mounts: 15x13 mm, diameter of rosettes: 21 mm, locking mount: 35x30 mm, strap end: 14x11 mm.

Preparation method:
The closest parallel of this tarsoly is known from the Tiszeszlár-Bashalom cemetery No.2 and from the Caucasus.


Detail of the tarsoly mounts of Karos No. 41
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
  During uncovery
During uncovery.
Photo by László Révész, László Révész: Remember the beginning of your way...

Drawing of the tarsoly mounts of Karos No. 41
László Révész: Conquest age cemeteries at Karos

The border of the tarsoly was ornamented with twenty-five openwork shield-shaped mounts and six similar mounts were fixed to the top. 3 pairs of rosettes were set on the lid (unfortunately one is missing). The openwork rosettes are decorated with drop motifs combined with fan-like foliate design. The rectangular locking mount is flanked by openwork triangles, two larger ones on the longer side, and two smaller ones on the shorter side creating the impression of a diamond-shaped central mount. The closing strap, studded with six heart-shaped mounts was threaded through this mount.


Inventory number:
Herman Ottó Múzeum, Miskolc - 94.38.1.

Révész 1990, 275-310.

Detail of a former map
The provenance of the tarsoly finding can be found on this map detail of Zemplén county from 1915.
Source: Map-collection of the National Széchényi Library of Budapest