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Bronze objects


In 1993, a brick tomb was discovered on the territory of the modern "Khimik" district, which, fortunately, remained unlooted. The burial in it was carried out by cremation in a wooden coffin placed on a pyre that was lit near the tomb. This gives clear information about the Thracian ethnicity of the burials, as this type of burial custom is characteristic of the Thracians. They believed in the afterlife, and in this regard, they placed with their loved ones, objects used by them during life, which would benefit them even after death.

In 2022, the Museum of Mosaics in partnership with the Municipality of Devnya and RIM - Varna won a project, the financing of which, for the most part, was carried out by the Ministry of Culture through the National Fund "Culture". The main goal of the project was for the gifts found in the tomb to undergo a conservation-restoration intervention and then to be exhibited in a special showcase located in one of the halls of the museum.

A set of bronze vessels were preserved and restored - a patera and jug, which were used in sacrifices for wine pouring or other rites, an ariba-shaped vessel for storing incense oils, a jug with a trefoil mouth, a situla (bucket), a vessel with a hollow shape and four bronze appliqués from iron chair, representing two bears and two lions' heads.

Lead impression (molybdobulum) and seal

In 2018, in the outline of an insula (neighbourhood) in Marcianopolis, one lead dovule (lead seal for official correspondence) and one lead seal were found. Molybdobulum was found in the fill of a late antique pit. Its shape is closer to an ellipse than to a circle, which is why it did not fit the entire impression of the bulotherion, and so part of the inscription, which should have been on the left on the obverse, was not printed. On its obverse, Emperor Justinian I is depicted with the insignia typical of his images. The portrait image on the print is distinguished by high precision. The molybdobulum is evidence of the existence of official correspondence between the imperial office and a state official in the capital of Second Mysia - Marcianople. The seal is conical in shape, with a narrow hole drilled through its back for threading a string. On the obverse side of the seal are two profile busts facing each other. Such seals are not rare and are often associated with ruling couples or co-rulers, but examples of a private nature are also found. The seal certified that the export duty due had been paid. She arrived in Marcianople with some goods, in a sealed form, for sale and is evidence of a developed commercial activity.

Literature: Kuzov, Hristov 2020: Hr. Kuzov, M. Hristov. Two archaeological monuments of sfragistics from Marcianopolis. - News of the National Museum - Varna, 47 (62), 2020, 239-248.

100 national sites

The museum is part of the hundred national tourist sites of Bulgaria under number 10. The museum has a seal and stamps for the stamp books.


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October - April:

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