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HungarianThe tarsoly cover plate of Karos No. 52English
Hozzáadhatod e lapot a kedvencekhez

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The owner of this tarsoly with a simple, undecorated silver plate could be a person of outstandingly high rank and wealth.
The tarsoly cover plate of Karos No. 52
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

Provenance:
Grave No.29 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.

Material:
Silver foreplate, copper backplate.

Size:
Height 109 mm, straight side: 68 mm, greatest witdth: 935 mm, heart-shaped mounts: 14x15 mm, small strap end: 31x11 mm.

Preparation method:

 

Detail of the tarsoly cover plate of Karos No. 52
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
   
Drawing of the tarsoly cover plate of Karos No. 52
László Révész: Conquest age cemeteries at Karos

Artwork:
The plain silver frontplate is framed with a cast silver ribbon border whose rivets fixed the frontplate to the copper backplate.

Usage:
The ribbon border is extremely worn and some sections of it are missing. The bearer of this tarsoly – judging from his grave goods – filled an extremely important post in the princely retinue. The hem of his caftan was trimmed with twelve Saxon pfennings.

Inventory number:

Herman Ottó Múzeum, Miskolc - 94.46.8-9.

Literature:
Révész 1994, 349-368.

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

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