A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN KANTHAROS IS THE CENTREPIECE OF THE EXHIBITION
16 artefacts from the Vassil Bojkov Collection will be publicly presented for the first time in the National Gallery
On 15 March 2018 the exhibition The Golden Fleece. The Quest of the Argonauts – Vassil Bojkov Collection was officially presented to the media. The initiative is part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Residents of and visitors to Sofia will have the opportunity to visit the event from 16 March until 10 June 2018 in the National Gallery – The Palace.
Sixty-two selected cultural valuables will take the viewers on a fabulous adventure with the Argonauts. They include gold and silver eastern vessels, red-figure vases, ritual silver-gilt vessels, funeral offerings, ritual sets, etc. Sixteen artefacts will be presented to the general public for the first time – some of the more significant among them are a silver rhyton with a sculptured figure of the reclining elder Silenus on a panther wineskin – a splendid example of a sophisticated creation of luxury, two silver cups depicting Theseus, the most famous hero of Attica in antiquity, a gold kantharos from the 12th-10th centuries BC, a silver amphora-rhyton with zoomorphic handles – a West-Anatolian work from the late 6th century BC, a silver-gilt kantharos with the image of Heracles and the centrepiece of the exhibition – a never-before-presented silver kantharos with gold ornaments and a scene depicting the sacrifice of a ram.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Lyubava Konova – a specialist on ancient and Thracian history and archaeology, and Mrs Elka Penkova, M.D. They have prepared and presented more than 30 temporary exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad, as well as sections of the permanent expositions in the National History Museum in Sofia.
Artefacts from the Vassil Bojkov сCollection are presented before the public for the seventh time. Some of the previous exhibitions include„The Saved Treasures of Ancient Thrace From the Vassil BojkovCollection in 2009 in Moscow Thrace and the Ancient World in the National History Museum – Sofia in 2011 Thracian Gold from Bulgaria. The Legends Come Back to Life in the State Historical Museum in Moscow in 2013 and others.