Bronze Clasps from Minussinsk Basin
You can see the notable patterns of bronze clasps from Minussinsk Local Museum collection. Actually, the main part of the clasps are those which have been found by chance which makes difficult to solve the puzzle of their functions. They could be used as clasps for harness tassels, needle-cases and amuletsThe clasps are dated by IX-XX centuries, being notable for the high level of art processing, the peculiarity of the forms and originality of decorating motifs. The repertoire of decorating motifs of the clasps found in Minussinsk basin differs remarkably from that of the other patterns of South Siberian toreutics; actually, they are unique. Nobody has been able to solve the riddle of their semantics and origin until now.