‘The Saga of the #Thracian #Kings’ brings together 1,600 objects from 17 #Bulgarian #museums, documenting ancient art works from the Odrysian #kingdom
April 16, 2015 10:47 a.m.
In 2004, near the town of Shipka in central #Bulgaria, archaeologists found the tomb of Seuthes III, one of the rulers of the ancient Odrysian kingdom dating from the fifth to the third century B.C. In addition to precious objects symbolizing the king’s lofty status, the tomb contained a bronze head with piercing eyes, thick hair and a flowing beard.
The head and other items from the royal tomb, along with some of Bulgaria’s other famous Thracian treasures, will be part of a major new exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris opening April 16.
The exhibition, one of the largest ever of Thracian art, illuminates the power, lifestyle and artistic achievements of ancient Thrace, a region located between the Black and Aegean Seas. It brings together more than 1,600 objects from 17 Bulgarian museums and several international museums including the #Louvre and the Prado Museum, giving visitors an opportunity to see in one place some of the most significant Thracian artifacts that have been discovered in Bulgaria. On display will be Thracian treasures consisting of intricately decorated gold, silver and bronze objects, including those discovered in Panagyuriste, Rogozen and Borovo.