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Поволжская археология

Casting form from Muransky selishche (settlement) on the Usa river

Stashenkov D.A.

page 116–119


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A new find from Muranka unfortified settlement, one of major Golden Horde period sites in the Middle Volga river region is published. It is a double-sided stone mould intended for casting jewelry. Each side of the form was used for casting individual jewelry items: women’s hair, head and costume decorations. The head ornaments include two temple rings and earrings shaped as question marks. One more decorative element, styled as a bird’s figure could be either part of some complex piece or an individual product. The other side of the form was used for casting two product varieties: belt buckles and pendants. The mould is of high-quality workmanship. The exact analogy of this rare find is not yet known.


archaeologythe Middle Volga river regionGolden Horde settlementcasting mouldornamentationjewelry

About the author(s)

Stashenkov Dmitry A. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Samara Museum for History and Regional Studies named after P.V. Alabin. Leninskaya St., 142, Samara, 443041, Russian Federation;