Vassil Bojkov Collection
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|Vassil Bojkov Collection|
|Curators||Prof. Dr. Athanasios Sideris (Head curator)|
|Funded by||Vassil Bojkov|
The Vassil Bojkov Collection was created and funded by the Bulgarian tycoon Vassil Bojkov. The Head Curator of the Collection is the archeologist, Prof. Dr. Athanasios Sideris. The artifacts and archaeological items in Vassil Bojkov Collection dates back from 4000 BC up to 6th Century AD.
A good number of the bronze, silver and golden artifacts that make up the collection were produced between 8th century BC and 6th century AD by workshops across the Middle and Near East, the Greek neighbor Thrace and Macedonia, Asia Minor, Scythia in the North Black Sea steppes, Continental and island Greece, North Aegean coast, as well as Etruria and Southern Italy (Magna Graecia), and the Iberian peninsula.
Among the items in the Vassil Bojkov Collection include:
This group include ancient bronze horns, vases and utensils. Among the bronze vessels include oinochoae (wine jugs), situlae (buckets), hydriae and amphorae (large containers for water and wine), phialae (libation plates), cups, ladles, strainers, and a lot more.
This group include ancient silver horns, rhyta, vases and utensils including various forms of silver drinking cups decorated with gilded figures. The Collection houses three gilded silver vases representing Orpheus, the mythical musician known on metal vessels to this date. The name "Orpheus" is inscribed on one of the vases.
This group of collection include ancient golden horns, vases and utensils.
The collection has a section of metal ware which are the representations of Theseus and Helen, the famous ancient Greek heroes, which adorn some gilded silver cups. Some of the vases bear the names of their owners, dedications to various gods, or the weights of the cups.
The Vassil Bojkov Collection also comprises ancient arms and weapons, harness parts and decorations, adornments and belt appliqués, metal and clay household, cult objects, metal and stone sculpture.
Inscriptions on vasesEdit
Some of the inscriptions of the bronze, silver and gold vases indicate the names of the figures they represent or the owners of the vases themselves. Some of them also represent short formulas of dedication or more enigmatic graffiti and monograms. Some of the inscriptions are carefully smashed, others are chased with more diligence. Others are simply scratched on the metal surface.
Exhibitions and publicationsEdit
Vassil Bojkov Collection has been presented at exhibitions in several locations across Bulgaria and other parts of the world. The Vassil Bojkov Collection is currently undergoing systematic publication in a series of volumes, the first of which is dedicated to the focal group of the pre-Roman metal vases and utensils, and includes 146 artifacts. The second volume which is also dedicated to the same group is still in process.
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