Magical gems in the Visegrad countries

A Standard Grants Programme sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund 
in 2012



Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Statuatory representative: Dr. Laszlo Baan, General director
Project Coordinator: Dr. Arpad M. Nagy
+36 1 469 71 00

Trnava University in Trnava
Statuatory representative: doc. ThDr. Andrej Filipek rector
+421 33 593 92 03,
Prof. Klara Kuzmova, Miroslava Danova 

Masaryk University
Statuatory representative: prof. PhDr. Petr Fiala
+420 549 49 1111,
Prof. Daniela Urbanova, Vera Slancarova

The National Museum in Warsaw
Statuatory representative: Dr. Agnieszka Morawinska, Director
+48 22 621 10 31,
Dr. Alfred Twardeczki 

The "Magical gems in the Visegrad countries" project (no. 21120145) has focused on collecting all the magical gems preserved in museums of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, and integrating them into The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database in order to make them better accessible for research.
     Magical gems are engraved precious stones that were commonly used as talismans in the Roman Empire, and are preserved in many private and public collections worldwide. Through the course of the programme, our research team has collected seventy-four magical gems and related objects that are preserved in seventeen collections of the four countries, and thus pinpointed many interesting aspects concerning the ancient and post-antique usage of these talismans in the Central European region, which once formed the north-eastern outpost of the Roman empire and the area just outside its frontiers. Some pieces have been found in ancient contexts in the four countries, while others have been reused in medieval times, shedding light both on ancient magical practices and their later reception in the area. Further research on private collections in the Visegrad countries that once preserved magical gems may also greatly add to our knowledge of the region?s cultural history.
     The mostly online collaboration was complemented by two meetings: the international conference "Magical Gems in their Contexts" in Budapest, between 16-18 February, 2012, and a project workshop in Trnava on 15 November, 2012. For magical gems in the Visegrad countries accessible now in The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database, click here.

Magical Gems in their Contexts - International Workshop in the Museum of Fine Arts 
Budapest, 16 - 18 February 2012

Magical Gems in the Visegrad Countries - Project Workshop at Trnava University
Trnava, 15 November 2012