József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti
Rakamaz-Strázsadomb, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county.
Discovery of the finding:
On 23, April, 1974 during earth levelling, skeletons, a sword,
arrowheads and horse bones were found. From the workers’ accounts
it became clear, that various gold and silver articles, a sabre,
stirrups, bits and lockrings had been found in the graves. These
had been pocketed by the workers and by others who had learned of
the finds. Later, Péter Németh, together with two
reporters of Radio Nyíregyháza, gathered back together
as much of the grave goods as possible. Nonetheless, most probably,
a great deal of the grave goods have been irrevocably lost. The
tarsoly plates were surrendered by two residents of Rakamaz.
Silver gilt, silver, bronze, iron.
143x127 mm, buckle: 17,5x17,5 mm, strap end: 27,5x11,5 mm.
The main design was beaten from inside in repoussé, while
the background was hammered down. The highly skilled craftsman used
punches and chisels for chasing the finer details of the design
onto the plate. The leaves were picked out with a hatched band.
The swirling mass of tendrils is similarly highlighted with fine
hatching. The sunken background is lavishly gilded. A silver gilt
framing band, itself taking the form of a palmette tendril and bearing
a palmette ornament, was riveted onto the plate. The bronze backplate
was held to the foreplate and the leather tarsoly lid with eighteen