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Archaeological Museum of Komotene

Last Update: Nov 2005
Head office(Est. 1976)

Archaeological Museum of Komotene - Overview

  The museum was designed by the architect Aris Konstandinides and its construction was completed in 1976. The finds of the museum are exhibited in chronological order, according also to their provenance. They come from all regions of Thrace, spanning the long period from the Prehistoric until Byzantine times.
The most important exhibits of the museum are:
Neolithic vase from Paradimi. Clay, one-handled jug with biconical body and tall neck. Dated to ca. 4.000 B.C.
Funerary stele from Stryme. It is preserved only in the upper part, which is crowned with a palmette. Of the dead maiden's figure only the head, neck and left raised hand have survived. Dated to 525-500 B.C.
Sarcophagus from Abdera. Painted clay sarcophagus of the Clazomenae type. Its lavish decoration includes representations of human figures in black paint, and floral patterns. Dated to 500-470 B.C.
Funerary stele from Dikaia. It bears relief representations on both sides: the deceased, beardless man clad in a himation is depicted on the front side, and his young servant is represented on the other. Dated to 500 B.C. The top of the stele is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Athens (Inv. no. 40).
Red-figure pelike from Stryme. The front side of the vase is decorated with a representation of an Apollonian libation scene, including the figures of Apollo, Artemis and Leto. On the back of the vase, a Dionysiac scene is depicted, with a satyr and a maenad. Dated to 440 B.C.
Clay mask of Dionysos, from Maroneia. The god is represented with a beard and is crowned with a wreath of leaves and fruits. Dated to the 4th century B.C.
Silver plaques. They are votive offerings found in the Sanctuary of Demeter at Mesembria. Dated to the 4th century B.C.
Gold jewellery from Abdera. Gold thigh-guard made of thin chains, and gold earrings bearing the miniature figures of Eros, all found in a cist-grave at Abdera. Dated to the 4th century B.C.
Votive relief from Galene. It represents a Thracian horseman-hero and bears an inscription with his name: "Jason". Dated to the 1st century B.C.
Gold protome of Septimius Severus (193-211 B.C.) from Plotinopolis. The emperor is portrayed bearded, wearing a breast-plate with a gorgoneion on the chest. Every year it organizes educational programs for students of Primary schools.

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