Treasures of the Middle Ages

  • Date of event : 29.12.2010


[15 October, 2010 – 30 January, 2011]

This unique exhibition of early medieval and medieval jewellery has been prepared by the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw. The visitors will be enchanted by the form and artistic quality of the exhibited  jewellery – made of gold, silver, bronze, copper, glass and semi-precious stones.


Together with simple temple rings, which were worn by medieval women in their hair or their headgear, a visitor may admire – exhibited in a manner that resembles an exquisite jewellery shop – beautiful and finely ornamented earrings, finger rings, bracelets, pendants, crucifixes, bells as well as necklaces and gorgets. The exhibition is complemented by decorative belt buckles as well as clips used as safety pins for doing up clothes.


A circle pendant made of silver; Obra Nowa, wielkopolskie voivodeship, late 10th – early 11th century. Property the SAM, WarsawA silver earring; Góra Strękowa, podlaskie voivodeship, 10th. Property of he SAM, Warsaw


Another part of the exhibition is the treasure discovered in the village of Borucin in the kujawsko-pomorskie voivodeship. It consists of, among other things, a solid chain whose ends are shaped as stylized animal heads. A richly-ornamented kaptorga (a small container worn on a neck) with the front side showing a decorative ”tree of life” made of filigree as well as solid beads. Another part of the exhibition consists of the Lasowice jewellery and treasure, which is on a permanent basis exhibited and stored in the museums and research establishments of Silesia and Zagłębie (the Coal Fields of Dąbrowa region).

The relics here presented come from archaeological excavation works in graveyards, settlements, grads, and incidental findings. The majority of them are unique pieces of a very high artistic and cognitive value – real pieces of art produced by early medieval craft, the production of which required advanced skills and paramount expertise in jewellery.


Curator:  Małgorzata Kurgan-Przybylska




Organizer: The State Archaelogical Museum in Warsaw









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