Sofia Shows Unseen Thracian Gold from Plovdiv

Society | March 30, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00
Sofia Shows Unseen Thracian Gold from Plovdiv A Bulgarian woman is examining Thracian gold objects discovered in Plovdiv several years ago. The 150-pieces collection is on display in Sofia for the first time. Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (SNA)

The heaviest solid-gold Thracian breastplate ever found on the Balkans was put on display in Sofia Wednesday.

The unique piece - weighting 250 grams of pure gold - is part of a collection of previously unseen Thracian gold from Plovdiv.

An armour plate with a gold ornament portraying Medusa Gorgona, the Greek goddess of horror, is yet another fascinating object at the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to see a total of 150 objects at the National History Museum.

The toreutic masterpieces were discovered in 2001 near the village of Kaloyanovo, just outside Plovdiv. The treasure belonged to a Thracian king who lived during the 5th century B.C.

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