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05.09.201430.11.2014

Sarmatian Gold
Exhibition

September 5 – November 30, 2014

The Sarmatian Gold exhibition will be held at the Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art from September 5 to November 30, 2014. This show will present the best objects of the Sauromatae-Sarmatian culture (IV century B.C. – IV century A.D.) from the collection of the Astrakhan State Museum-Preserve. The exhibition is a part of the large museum program titled The Russian Heritage. Traditions for the Future and embodies an abundant crosscut of the culture of one Russian region. The Sarmatian Gold show is a present of the Astrakhan Museum to the residents of Moscow on the Day of the City.

The Sarmats were nomadic Iranian-speaking herder tribes which lived in the steppe areas stretching from the regions lying to the south from the Urals Mountains to the watershed of the Tisza and the Danube rivers during the last centuries of the Early Iron Age (VI – IV cc. B.C.). Products made of precious metals from V century B.C. to I century A.D. will be on display. Sarmatian believed that gold forms a connection with the gods. That is why gold decorations, cult objects, precious weapons are found in the graves of the rulers and nobles of that period. Showcasing objects of decorative art, this collection pictures the Scythian-Sarmatian way of life, the so-called “Scythian triad”: nomadic herding, warrior life and Scythian-Siberian “wild-animal style”. Gold deer, panthers, horses, sheep, and even gryphons intertwine, building complex dynamic ornaments. Precious metal products, which survived for centuries and millennia, are a true treasure of the culture gone long ago.

The collection of the precious metal products of the Astrakhan Museum-Preserve began to form in the second half of the XX century when active excavation of ancient burial mounds revealed rich tombs of Sarmatians. The funds of the Museum-Preserve keep absolutely rare archeological objects of gold and silver, treasure troves discovered in the territory of the Astrakhan region. The earliest of the finds date back to more than 5 thousand years ago.

Even today, we can see the echoes of a unique culture retaining the spirit of past millennia in the masterpieces which survived till our days.

The address of the museum is: Delegatskaya, 3, Moscow.