State Museum of Oriental Art at VDNKh to Show Main Treasuries of Closed Collections Online

February 17
Culture

One can get acquainted with the rare finds of Russian archaeologists during online tour over the closed collections of the State Museum of Oriental Art at VDNKh. On 18 February everyone will be able to see ancient sculptures, kitchenware and household items found during excavations in the territory of Caucasus, Central Asia, Siberia, and the Far East. Many artefacts will be displayed for the first time ever.

“A Journey to Archaeological Collections is the third online tour over of the Museum of Oriental Arts treasuries at the main exhibition site of this country. Earlier, users could have a look into the Museum restoration workshops and watch its employees’ work, and also familiarize themselves with a Museum collections exposition in Pavilion No. 13 “Healthcare”, informed the VDNKh press service.

The broadcast will begin at 15:00 on the official VDNKh page of the Odnoklassniki social medium and on the Museum of Oriental Art page on YouTube. The tour will be hosted by Sergey Bolelov, Head of the Department of the History of Material Culture and Ancient Art of Oriental Peoples, archaeologist, Candidate of Historical Sciences.

Deer North Caucasus. Finds from burial mounds. VDNKh Press Service

He will tell participants about the work of the Museum’s archaeological collections and introduce the most interesting finds. For example, sculptures and ritual jars from Central Asia dating back to the 9th century BC.

The participants will also see amphorae and pottery made in the 3rd-2nd centuries BC at the territory of Greece and Anatolia (now this region is part of Turkey). Besides, the archaeological collections of the Museum contain bas-reliefs from the Palace of Termez Rulers (the town is located at he territory of modern Uzbekistan). The viewers will see them too.

Collections of the Research Department of the History of Material Culture and Ancient Art of Oriental Peoples. VDNKh Press Service

All artefacts brought from archaeological expeditions to the Museum are examined at the Research Department of the History of Material Culture and Ancient Art of Oriental Peoples. Items donated to the Museum by academic institutions come here too.

The Department was established in 1981 and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since 2018, the Department’s collections were located in building 179 at VDNKh. The earliest collections sent to the archaeological repository date back to the Eneolithic (Copper Age) and Bronze Ages (late 4th-3rd millennium BC). The latest ones date back to the 14th-15th centuries AD.

Collections of the Research Department of the History of Material Culture and Ancient Art of Oriental Peoples. VDNKh Press Service

In 2019 the State Museum of Oriental Art opened a permanent exposition called “Preserving Culture. Museum of the Roerichs at VDNKh”, at the main exhibition site of the country. It is located in the restored pavilion No. 13 “Healthcare” (former pavilion of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic).

Source: mos.ru

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