The Hungarian National Museum presents its virtual exhibition

A Country for Women?

The testimony of early medieval graves about the role of women in society

“All that splendour they dress their women in, may it be woven out of saints' halos or demons' flames, in the end it all comes to this cry of surprise and marvel: Ah you womenfolk!”

Ferenc Móra writer, archaeologist

INTRODUCTION

At the dawn of the Middle Ages, in a period when peoples of various origin and cultural background succeded each other in the Carpathian Basin, written sources mainly inform us about the world of men and warfare, while women mostly stay ‘invisible'. However, from an archaeological point of view it is exactly women's graves which are more spectacular, richer and more colourful than those of men. These women – including saints, queens, women and daughters of noble families, women brought in bondage or whose marriage sealed an alliance, and of course mothers intriguing for their children's prosperity – also played a significant role in the transformation of Europe.

Through archaeological finds recovered at excavations we can not only learn about contemporary women's clothing and personal articles, but also about the outstanding roles women played within their community. Their jewellery made of precious metals and their personal artefacts of first class craftsmanship prove that the material objects of the ‘fair sex’ were not less impressive than men’s items of prestige and power.

HUNNIC PERIOD

End of the 4th century – Middle of the 5th century AD

GERMANIC PEOPLES

Middle of the 5th century – Middle of the 6th century AD

AVAR PERIOD

Middle of the 6th century – Beginning of the 9th century AD

CAROLINGIAN PERIOD

9th century AD

HUNGARIAN CONQUEST PERIOD

10th century AD

CHOOSE A TOPIC


Enter and learn about us, the ‘invisible figures’ of history, through stories told by our personal articles. Choose a topic, and submerge in the – sometimes quite extraordinary – life of early medieval women!

THE CURATORS OF THE EXHIBITION


When creating this virtual exhibition we sought to present a new perspective of archaeological eras already popular and well known with the general public; and furthermore to focus attention on the unique wealth of the archaeological collections of the Hungarian National Museum. The spectacular pictures and 3D models as well as the respective texts not only allow the visitors a closer look at the high quality goldsmith's works but also provide them with a glimpse into the personal stories behind the objects.

Hajnal Zsuzsanna

archaeologist
Migration Period Collection
Hungarian National Museum

Gergely Katalin

archaeologist
Zalavár Collection
Hungarian National Museum

Soós Rita

archaeologist
Hungarian Conquest Period Collection
Hungarian National Museum

Sources

Digital graphics: Taivainen Karolina

Graphics, reconstructions: Andics Bernadett, László Gyula, Nagy Katalin, Narmer Stúdió, Ősi Sándor

Photos: Dabasi András, Kardos Judit, Rosta József, Vágó Ádám

Translation: Bartus-Szöllősi Szilvia

Virtual exhibition: Farkas Krisztina, Kovács Rita

Coordinator: Kómár Éva

RÓLUNK

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