In Italy, long-lost fragments of the famous ancient ornament “Golden Tree of Lucignano” were found.
Parts of this grand reliquary, created by renowned jeweler Gabriello D’Antonio, were stolen in the early 20th century, Heritage Daily reports.
The reliquary is considered one of the best masterpieces of Italian goldsmithing. It consists of three parts (roots, trunk, leaves) and symbolizes the life of Christ in three different periods.
The 2.70 meter tall piece was created from gilded copper, silver and enamel between 1350 and 1471. The branches of the tree are decorated with corals, crystals and miniatures on parchment.
|Stolen fragments of “Lucignano’s Golden Tree” found in Italy|
In 1914, the “Golden Tree” was stolen and broken into pieces by thieves who probably wanted to sell it on the black market. As a result, only the remains of the branches and the base were preserved.
Some stolen fragments of the reliquary were found between 1927 and 1929. After a long restoration project, the “Golden Tree” was partially restored in 1933.
However, the most sacred components, including the crucifix, four round medallions, five silver plaques and the upper part of the temple complex, were never found.
It was only recently that police were alerted to a cave in the Arezzo area of central Tuscany that contained some jewelry.
Authorities found 5 plaques from the “Golden Tree” that were originally attached to the back of the twig medallions.
Also found was one of the parchments with a portrait of the prophet, polished rock crystal and 16 figurines of saints decorating the base.
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It will be recalled that earlier researchers reconstructed a unique necklace found in the grave of a girl buried 9 thousand years ago.
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