The curse of gold-The treasure from Pietroasa

Today I will take you on a museum trip again. We will go to the History Museum  in Bucharest. Here we will go to the treasure room where we will see a beautiful gold treasure. While we walk I will  tell you the story of the treasure.

The origin of this treasure seems be Gothic and  date somewhere around  the IV century BC, in the time of the Goth king Athanaric. At that time was a Huns invasion, so most probably the treasure was buried so the Huns couldn’t have it.In support of this theory comes an inscription from one of the pieces of the treasure.

The legends say that every treasure it is cursed and that you have to make a pact with the devil to get it, giving the to devil someone you love. Usually where is a treasure buried there in some particular nights a fire will burn to indicate that there lays a treasure.In this case wasn’t quite like in legends but the treasure did bring some misfortune for some that got involved with it.

This treasure, from Pietroasa, Buzau, was discovered by chance by two peasants that were picking up stones from the hill of Istrita, in 1837.Here you can see a bit the area where the treasure was found .I hope the link works:)

The treasure when they found it is was composed of 22-24 pieces that were weighting more than 40 kg of gold and also full of precious stones.Now the treasure has just 12 pieces and weight half of it.

The two Peasants at first they thought that the treasure wasn’t made from gold  so they wanted to melt it and do some tools from it . They took some parts of it to a gypsy to melt it , but gypsy told them it was to soft for tools. The peasants that were father in law and son in law ,they kept for some time the treasure hidden it to their attic.  After a year they tried to sell their treasure to an entrepreneur named Verussi, the peasants wanted a pair of ox in exchange of the treasure. Verussi bought  the  treasure from them. Because the treasure was so big, Verussi cut a plate from the treasure, that was weighting 8 kg of gold in 4 pieces.He tried to sell the treasure with a lot of money.

Verussi was blackmailed by a landholder, on his name Gheorghe Frunza Verde. He demanded half of the treasure, Verussi gaved him a part of it, but he wasn’t pleased by the part he got, so he went to the Bishop of Buzau and told to the authorities about the treasure. An investigation started, the two peasants, Verussi and a another guy on his name Baciu ( a guy that at some point hided in his house the treasure), were arrested. The investigation was conducted by the   Minister of internal matters. At first the investigation was moving in a good direction but at some point the investigation was pointing at some high persons, so at that point the investigation started to become slower. Verussi bribed   those who had the power, so he could escape innocent and also keep some parts of the treasury it seems.Unfortunately the two peasants were not so lucky, they didn’t had the money  or the knowledge of who to bribe, so they died in prison, same fate shared also the guy who helped to hide the treasury, Baciu. For them the treasure was a real curse.

The Minister of internal affair started to have a passion about this treasure, so he tried to keep it for himself,but  he had to open his safe in 1842 and give the treasure to the museum to be exhibited .

The treasure will travel and be exhibited  in the big museums of Paris and London, admired by many people as it was at that time the biggest treasure from ancient times discovered in that time. Will remain the biggest treasure until the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen .

The treasure will return home but the curse of the treasure  won’t stop.In 1875,on a stormy winter night a guy named Grigore Pantazescu, will steal the treasure. This guy loved circus and also had great abilities, circus kind of. Unfortunately for him he will be busted short time after the stealing. He will be sent for 6 years to jail but he will die in mysterious conditions, not long before he had to be out of jail.

In 1917 the  treasure will be sent to Moscow  along with all the Romanians treasures. It will stay there until 1956 when will return home along with others art treasure.

In 1971 will be exhibit in History Museum in Bucharest were you can see it also today.

Now the treasure of Pietroasa  appointed by those who have discovered the “Hen with Chicks” because bird-shaped fibulae, currently has 12 tracks, with a total weight of 19.820 kg of gold. Its component parts are a large brooch in the shape of an eagle, bearing the great chest caboson oval, symmetrical cross bordered by four small round Cabochons; a small fibula; two brooches medium; a tray; a cup-oenoche; a patera; two baskets polygonal; a belt with inscription; a simple necklace; a belt hinge

I hope you enjoyed!

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