Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Found - A Fragment From the Amber Room

Photo courtesy: Russia-Info Centre

Kaliningrad archaeologists have come across a remarkable find in the famous Fort 5 of old Konigsberg.

It is a plank made of amber; and, most probably is directly related to the world-famous Amber Room.

The panel is 20 cm long and 10 cm wide. It is decorated with an ornament of antique style. Most likely, the panel is a detail of the palace decking.

The Amber Room before WWII. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

The Amber Room was (and has been restored to) a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

The Amber Room was created by German and Danish masters for the Prussian King Frederic I. Its furnishing was mainly made of amber. The masterpiece consisted of amber panels, ornaments and pictures. Subsequently the Prussian King presented the room to the Russian Emperor Peter I. The room contained 6 tons of amber.

During WWII, German soldiers looted the Amber Room; and, took the treasures to Königsberg. Knowledge of the Amber Room's location was lost during the chaos of the war and its aftermath.

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