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Nomads' Gold. On the "Siberian Collection" of Peter I

... geography of the peoples inhabiting it. Crucial to the spirit of the time was the remarkable personality of the Tsar with his keen and tireless mind and unbounded scope of interests. The great statesman and reformer was more than a curious collector of antiquities — his collections covering various branches of knowledge formed the basis of the Kunstkamera, the first Russian museum established on Peter’s initiative in 1714... It was Peter I who created the first collection of archaeological ...

Modified: 30.10.2006
Peter I , Peter the Great , Siberia , Tobolsk , antiquities , gold , Nikolaas Witsen , archaeological finds , Ob , Irtysh
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Walk through the Paper Museum of the Imperial St. Petersburg Museum

... the attribution was made later, in the museum. Drawings that have survived to this day and the evidence of contemporaries testify that the Kunstkamera had one of the richest ethnographic collections in Europe. K. P. Berch, a learned Swede studying antiquities, who lived in St. Petersburg from the end of 1735 to May 1736, wrote: “I was present when some of the packages were opened and I saw… various figures, copper and iron, and instruments found in mounds; and various gods that the pagans living ...

Modified: 30.07.2006
St. Petersburg , Kunstkamera , museum exhibits , drawings , watercolors , antiquities , collection , Peter I
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Purple and Gold over Thousands of Years

The first burial mounds with “frozen” tombs were discovered by V. V. Radlov (Katanda burial mound and a burial mound at the Berel burial site of the Pazyryk culture, Kazakhstan) in 1865. He was the first to find clothes preserved in ice. One of the most remarkable of his finds — the so-called Katanda caftan — is now exhibited at the State Historical Museum (Moscow). The collection of this museum has another unique find from the Katanda burial, a “tailcoat” of sable fur covered with Chinese silk (this...

Modified: 30.01.2005
costume , antiquities , Pazyryk culture , Pazyryk
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In the Infinity of Unrealized Senses

Working in the museum depositaries is often no less fascinating, though at the same time no more predictable than archaeological excavations. Several years ago, working in the holdings of the Novosibirsk Regional Museum of Local Lore and History, one of the authors of the present contribution came across a box, which contained 20 small articles of grayish-green color, different in shape, rather like pebbles. By their whimsical but regular shapes they partially resembled some objects of modern art...

Modified: 30.09.2004
Tofalaria , clay , kostyrma , ancient cultures , antiquities , Dmitry Cheremisin
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