Antique Weapons (11th c. BC - AD 5th c.)


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The title evokes an odd association of the Catalogue containing weapons each of them employed for murder and violence. That's right - I am convinced that almost any of the pieces presented has been an active contributor and witness to a bloody story. Still a clarification is needed - the owner of the weapon was forced to use it under circumstances unknown to us. One thing is certain - the weapon was providing the man's own self-protection - it guaranteed that he can survive and come back alive to his hearth and home. At the same time it was a symbol of warrior's manhood as he was proud to hold it and his skills to master it were reaching perfection. His confidence was prompted by the fact that the weapon had been produced by masters wielding the witchery of processing of iron - a single piece of metal they had transformed into a perfect work.

The owner of the weapons in the collection presented is unknown and mysterious. His personage is to be generalized depending on the broad chronological limits of the weapons' making and service. Thus the personage incorporates the Thracian warrior who for the first time touched the iron sword and recognized its strength compared to the bronze one. It also presents the man wielding frightfully the rhomphaea against the Roman invaders. It further comes with the warrior catching hold of the long Celtic sword. The collective personage merges with the legionary proudly raising his shield ready to defend the frontiers of the Roman Empire. The holder of weapons generalizes all the warriors born and raised or came and settled down, or even just passing through the today's Bulgarian territories. Some of them survived and reached old age, others soaked the battlefield with their blood. Nevertheless, the fate of all of them merged into one to design the glorious history of the Old Continent - Europe.

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