The Archeological Museum


Housed in the Vranyczany-Hafner Palace, the Archeological Museum boasts a varied collection of 400,000 artefacts in five main collections.

Housed in the Vranyczany-Hafner Palace, the Archeological Museum boasts a varied collection of 400,000 artefacts in five main collections.The most enigmatic item on display is the Liber linteus Zagrabiensis or Zagreb Flax Book, a long strip of linen that was used to wrap the mummified body of an Egyptian tailor’s wife. The cloth was decorated with an Etruscan liturgical calendar, and is the longest preserved text in Etruscan, a language that still hasn’t been completely deciphered. The most charming “tenant”of the museum is the unhappy Plautilla, a 2nd-century find of Salona (an ancient city near Split) whose statue is considered one of the best examples of portraiture in Roman sculpture.
Croatia’s most famous archeological find is the Vučdol Dove (“Vučedolska golubica”), a clay vessel in the shape of a bird that was probably used in religious rituals some 3,000 years before Christ.

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