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Ancient Talismans and Bracelets
August 1, 2013   
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The State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw is staging an exhibition of more than 200 items from the Stone Age to the early Middle Ages, including dazzling ornaments and magical talismans.

The exhibition, entitled Zaginione – Ocalone (Lost and Preserved), includes ornaments from gold, silver and bronze, such as armlets, brooches, bracelets and necklaces, in addition to well-preserved weapons, utensils, and silver and gold coins.

One of the most interesting items is a stick made from a deer’s antlers in the Stone Age that was ascribed magical properties and which is believed to have been used for ritual purposes. Engraved on it is an image of a human figure. Another unique exhibit is a gold armlet that was probably made in present-day Transylvania at the end of the Bronze Age (c. 950-750 B.C.). Further attention grabbers are two large decorative clips from the 5th century AD. These are made of silver and are additionally gilded.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a small amber bear dating back to the Stone Age and found in 1887 near the northern Polish city of Słupsk. Researchers speculate that the figure may have been a talisman supposed to bring fortune to bear hunters.

The exhibits come from the National Museum in the northwestern city of Szczecin. The Warsaw exhibition marks the beginning of a national tour for the Szczecin collection.

Until Sept. 8
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw, 52 Długa St.,
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