On 16 March 2018, the exhibition The Golden Fleece. The Quest of the Argonauts – Vassil Bojkov Collection opened its doors for the public, after the initial opening for the media on the 15th; the local residents and visitors to Sofia have the opportunity to visit the event until 10 June 2018 in the National Gallery – The Palace. The initiative is part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
The exhibition features a selection of sixty-two cultural valuables including gold and silver eastern vessels, red-figure vases, ritual silver-gilt vessels, funeral offerings, ritual sets, etc.
Among the sixty-two pieces, sixteen artifacts are especially significant because they will be presented to the general public for the first time. The most notable among them include 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 purpose of the exhibition is to preserve and promote the worlds cultural and historical heritage, each item has been curated specifically to teach more about the rich heritage and different ethos of the world. “This inspiring exhibition can be easily compared to some of the leading expositions in the world – such as the ones in the Metropolitan Museum, The Hermitage in Moscow or even the Louvre” – says Prof. dr. Athanasios Sideris, archeologist and Head Curator of the Thrace Foundation.
The impressive Vassil Bojkov Collection contains archaeological material that has been accrued over several years with precious artwork and artifacts, made of different materials, and dating from the Neolithic period to the Late Antiquity.