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THE TREASURE FROM BOUKYOVTSI

Several accidental findings from the barrows near the village Boukyovtsi are kept in the National Museum of Archaeology. Among them are some impressive things: 2 silver phials (of diameter 13 cm and 17.7 cm respectively); little silver pitcher decorated with flutes (8.3-cm high), a silver ornament with gilt consisting of chains, fibulas, little human heads (capitalum), rosettes, etc. of total weight 642.92 g; a forehead piece shaped like a falcon (3.8-cm high); an application in the shape of two connected lotus blossoms (2.8-cm high); silver goblet (gobele) with gilt (12.2-cm high).
The fine gobele makes strong impression. Under its mouth there is a frieze of engraved and gilded lotus blossoms, alternating with palmettos. The body of the goblet is covered with horizontal flutes and near its bottom there is a gold undecorated girdle. On the other hand, the forehead-piece presents one of the earliest stylized images of a falcon. The little pitcher has given the name 'type Boukyovtsi' to a number of fluted little vessels, the most numerous (19)
among them being those from the Rogozen treasure. The vessels from this treasure were dated from the very end of the 5th century BC till 339 BC. They are the work of master-toreuts from Odryses' royal workshop that has remained nameless (no inscriptions found), which operated in the region of South-East Thrace. The vessels from the barrow necropolis near the village Boukyovtsi are part of a dinner set. The local elite Thracian family had received it most likely as part of the loot that was due to it after the defeat of the Phillip II's army in 339 BC.

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