Exclusive Vasil Bojkov collection on display at the National Art Gallery in Sofia

Prof Sireris Golden Fleece exhibition opening

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.

Golden Fleece Exposition Vassil Bojkov Collection

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.

About the author Iliyana Ivanova is a journalist and historian born in Bulgaria but currently based in London, UK. She has studied at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and graduated from the Faculty of History with a BA in Archeology and MA in Ancient History and Thracian Studies. Throughout the years, Iliyana has organized various cultural and historical events back in Bulgaria with the idea to reveal little-known-information about the ancient world of Thrace. She continues her practice in the UK as well with the main goal to promote the history and ancient treasures of Bulgaria. Currently, her main focus is one of the most fascinating private collections of Thracian artefacts – that of the philanthropist and collector Vasil Bojkov. Her personal blog contains articles about the pieces owned by Vasil Bojkov, their meaning to her country and the world, his personal life, and all the deeds, charity events, and exhibitions initiated by him.

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