Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians, Treasures from the Republic of Bulgaria

Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians, Treasures from the Republic of Bulgaria

April 26, 1998 to July 19, 1998

This 1998 exhibition of some 200 masterpieces of gold and silver metalwork from ancient Thrace featured spectacular archaeological finds from the two previous decades. A dazzling array of luxury items such as drinking vessels, weapons, rings, necklaces, and ornaments introduced Americans to the little-known culture of one of the most numerous peoples of antiquity.

The Thracians were a loosely organized but powerful people who occupied most of central Europe from the fifth millennium B.C. until the fourth century A.D. Richly embossed metalwork in gold and silver constitutes the principal legacy of Thracian civilization. These artifacts profoundly illuminate Thracian culture and allow historians to construct new interpretations of the Thracian past.

The exhibition tour opened at the Saint Louis Art Museum on February 6, 1998, before moving to Fort Worth, and continued in San Francisco, New Orleans, Memphis, Boston, Detroit, and Washington D.C.

The exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington.

Caption: Two rhytons (details), Thracian, Borovo, Russe district, first half of the fourth century BC, silver, gilt with gold. Museum of History, Russe, inv. II-357 and inv. II-359