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The treasure of Borovo

The treasure of Borovo, Rousse District, is an accidental finding from the 1974. The treasure consists of 5 silver vessels: a bowl, a rhytonized jug, three rhytons with protomes of a horse, a bull and a winged sphinx. The vessels are part of the plundered by Philip II -The Macedonian Odrysian treasury, which later on falls in the hands of the Tribali, after they defeat Philip II -The Macedonian in 339 B.C. On two of the rhytons there are inscriptions of the Odrysian king Kotyu I.

The most interesting is the rhytonised jug with one spout. The rhytonization of jugs and amphorae in Europe is a Thracian patent. The jug and its impressive scenes were made in the Thracian municipality of Beo.

The jug - part of the king Kotyu I's set is made of silver with gold coating. It is 16,5 cm high, with a 9 cm diameter of the mouth, dating back to the 383-360 B.C. The jug is covered with three figural friezes. The first frieze represents a Vakh's procession. In the central part of the second frieze there are a woman and a man sitting to the left. The man has a beard and an ivy wreath on his head, holding a rhyton and a phial in his hands. To the right a satyr is leaning with his left elbow on a jug, holding a rhyton with the protome of a gryphon. The third frieze represents wading birds catching fish.

The rhyton with the protome of a bull, part of the king Kotyu I's set is made of silver with gold coating. It is 16,5 cm high, with a 9 cm diameter of the mouth. The rhyton is covered with horizontal fluting. The head of the bull is ferocious looking and its legs are folded and the liquid spout is mounted between them.

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The treasure from Borovo - A rhytonised jug

The treasure from Borovo - A rhytonised jug

The rhyton with a protome of a horse, part of the king Kotyu I's set is made of silver with gold coating. It has a height of 20,2 cm and with 10,46 cm diameter of the mouth. The rhyton is from the type of a long horn, ending up with a protome of a unicorn, represented quite realistically. The liquid spout is mounted between its legs. The mouth is decorated with pearls and ovals; the neck is covered with a frieze of ivy twigs.

The rhyton with a protome of a sphinx, part of the king Kotyu I's set is made of silver with gold coating. It is 16,5 cm high, with a 9 cm diameter of the mouth. The rhyton ends with a protome of a sphinx - the head of a woman with the body of a lion. The woman's hair is tied up in a bun with two ribbons. The pierced ears tell about the missing ear-rings. The neck is decorated with a necklace of beads and leaves-shaped pendants. The breast part of the sphinx is covered with feathers in a Persian style. The feathers are skillfully intertwined and the wings have additional solder.

The snow water bowl part of the king Kotyu I's set is made of silver with gold coating. It is 36 cm high, with a diameter of 29 cm. The bowl has two movable handles and a stool decorated with ornaments. The handles enter in openings towards the upper end of the applications of impressive satyrs' heads. At the bottom is represented a Thracian scene of an eagle gryphon ready to drive its beak in a lying doe.

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