The plate is decorated by a design of looped tendrils enclosing
palmettes. The looped tendrils are flanked by incised lines on
each side. The lozenge-shaped loops enclose cinquefoil palmettes.
The short stem of the palmettes have two or three veins that end
in a punched dot. The two outer leafs of the palmette follow the
shape of the loop and the three inner leafs are twined together.
The middle leaf of the latter has two vertical veins in it.
The surface of the plate is heavily worn, making us think
it was used for a long period. Along a band all down the middle
of the plate we see a part that is especially worn with a chipped-edge
hole halfway, suggesting that this tarsoly had a different way
of closing than others. Here, the closing strap was lead outside
the ornamented silver plate, and it was threaded through the angled
strap retainer, positioned at the centre of the plate. This way
of closing was general with mount-ornamented tarsoly-s. The user
of this tarsoly probably had the ornamented silver plate fixed
over his –once- mount-ornamented tarsoly lid, replacing
the mounts with the cover plate. Later he may have had a hole
cut for the closing strap in the middle of the plate. The form
of this hole originally was rectangular as it still can be seen
on the copper backplate.
Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, Budapest - 59.3.1/1.A.
Bartha 1968, picture No. 8; Kiss-Bartha 1970,22-223. XXIII, XXVI/1.t;
László 1970, picture No.170; Dienes 1970, picture
No. 38, 43.; 1972, picture No. 60,5.