The exhibition begins in the Arpad era and features one of the museum’s most valuable exhibits, the crown of Constantine IX Monomachus, decorated with enamel work. Also on display in this section are the funeral decorations of Bela III, Romanesque sacred vessels, weapons and an interesting collection of coins. The period of Angevin rule (see p18 ) coincided with the birth of the Gothic style, which is represented here by some excellent examples of gold work. The next two halls explore the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg (see p24) and the achievements of Janos Hunyadi (see p24). On display here are copies of portraits of King Sigismund by Albrecht Durer and a richly decorated ceremonial saddle. There are also several platinum and gold pieces, illuminated manuscripts and documents. The lifestyle of peasants from this era is illustrated, as well as the history of the royal court. The reign of Matyas Corvinus (see pp24–5) and the Jagie¬¬o dynasty (see p18) marks the decline of the Gothic period and the birth of the Renaissance. Exhibits from this era include a 15th-century glass goblet belonging to King Matyas, late Gothic pews from a church in Bartfa, armour and weapons, as well as a 16th-century dress belonging to Maria Habsburg. Magnificent examples of sculpture, art and artifacts from the 16th and 17th centuries follow. Of interest are items that survived the Turkish occupation (see pp26 –7), especially the everyday objects and weapons. A separate hall is dedicated to the Transylvanian dukedom and the important historical role that it played. Exhibited here are vessels and jewellery elaborately crafted in gold, 17th-century costumes, and original ceramics produced by the people of Haban, who settled there in the early 17th century. This last section of the exhibition ends in 1686, at the time of the liberation of Budapest tours by the Christain armies after the Turkish occupation. In this part of the museum there are also portraits of influential Hungarians from the periobud, and an interesting exhibition of jewellery dating from the 17th century