The Quiver of a Medieval Warrior – from Discovery to a Functional Reconstruction

Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19, Zagreb, 10000
Admission: HRK 20 (entry to Archaeological Museum, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 01/12/2013
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 2000
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1300
Closed on Croatian bank holidays.
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The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of the completion of systematic archaeological excavations at Lijeva Bara in Vukovar, in a year in which - a rare coincidence - we are also marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the directors of the excavations in Vukovar, for many years the head of the Medieval Department of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, the prominent Croatian archaeologist and scientist Dr. Zdenko Vinski (1913-1996).

The conceptual reconstruction of a quiver based on bone and metal remains and sections of closed quivers from three early medieval graves discovered and excavated at the site of Lijeva Bara in Vukovar in 1952.

A quiver is a container for arrows and is an indispensible part of the military equipment of every archer. At first glance, a quiver is a simple object, functional, without unnecessary supplements and decoration as it served only to store and transport arrows in a manner protecting them from possible damage (to the fletchings - the feathered vanes) while making the arrows available to shoot immediately in all circumstances and every situation. The main desired features of a quiver were thus compactness, functionality, and lightness.

How these features best balanced together had to be investigated, while through reconstruction and supplementation of the preserved remains and experimental manufacture of all hypothesized parts, an object had to be constructed closely similar to medieval examples, made from approximately similar or identical material, and in a manner approximately similar or identical to that in use in the early medieval period.

The conceptual reconstruction of the quiver was carried out in 2011, and the entire process was analyzed, documented, and photographed. The results are shown in this exhibition.

© Archeological Museum.