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May 16, 2021

Pieces from Pietroasa Treasure on display in Ploiesti

National Museum of Romanian History (MNIR) in Bucharest is displaying until September 2 six pieces from the Pietroasa Treasure at the Prahova County History and Archaeology Museum. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Buzau County Museum, which holds the copy of the Pietroasa Treasure, also known as the “Hatching Hen with the golden chicken” Visitors can also see six of the 12 pieces from the treasure, patera, jug, the octagonal vessel, the embossed necklace, the pierced necklace and the large fibula in the exhibit “Grand Romanian Treasures – Pietroasa Treasure”. The exhibit in Ploiesti is part of the new MNIR policy of presenting the public outside Bucharest with important pieces of its collections, thus easing citizens’ access to the great values of the Romanian history and civilization. Found in the spring of 1837, the Pietroasa Treasure is considered as an important historic and archaeological vestige. It has been restored several times, put on public display or kept hidden, and, during World War One, it was evacuated to Moscow, and only returned to Romania in 1956. The treasure, which was most likely buried towards the middle of the 5th century AD, in a location beyond the borders of the Roman Empire, the jewels and vessel offers the possibility of surprising a few fragments from the Late Antiquity.

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