The Book

The Vassil Bojkov Collection is disclosed in its own luxury catalogue – Metal Vases and Utensils in the
Vassil Bojkov Collection. Published by Thrace Foundation Publishers in 2006 in English, the book
consists of several volumes with the first one looking at 146 artefacts, including pre-Roman metal
vases and utensils. The author Athanasios Sideris divides it into five different chapters with plenty of
technical aspects described in them. Each of the chapters traces the origin and evolution of the

ancient creations, their historical background, the cultural significance, as well as the number of
symbolic references and graffiti discovered on the relics.
The first chapter of the catalogue examines vessels from Anatolia as well as the Middle and Near
East. They include pre-Achaemenid pieces that were produced between the 8 th century BC and the
mid 4 th century BC. Some Achaemenid works are also discussed here.
Works from the distinctive Greek toreutic school and artefacts that date from the second quarter of
the 6 th century BC to the first quarter of the 5 th century BC are the main focus in the next chapter.
Many of them derive from key centres such as Laconia, Western Greece, Corinth, and others.
In addition to the centres mentioned above, the third chapter of the extensive catalogue gathers
information about pieces related to Etruria, Athens, Campania and Argos. Their specific aesthetic
features and technical characteristics link them to the period between the end of the Persian and
Peloponnesian Wars.
The whole 4 th century BC and the artefacts produced then are covered in the fourth chapter. The
author highlights Greek archaeological pieces which come from Athens, Corinth, South Italy, and
Macedonia.
The final chapter revolves around the period between the 3 rd century BC and the early 1 st century BC.
The pieces discussed here are represented mostly by silver cups and gold household utensils.
Interestingly, they are related to the Hellenistic kingdoms.
Every chapter of the catalogue describes the relics separately. This volume includes detailed
descriptions and technical specifications of a particular piece, including the material it is made of, its
weight, size, proportions, technique of making and time and place of origin. There are also
interesting facts about mythological scenes and figures (when such are present). The first volume is
also complemented by 388 pictures and 110 drawings of the artefacts discussed. Another 111
pictures illustrate comparable ancient finds placed in different museums and galleries. Information
about find spots, production centres, regions, some personal names is systematized in three indexes.