13 août 2012

Tray on Conical Stand with Mounted Archer in Center and Fifteen Horned Animals around Rim. 4th–2nd century BCE

Tray on Conical Stand with Mounted Archer in Center and Fifteen Horned Animals around Rim. Copper Alloy. H. 27.7; Diam. 30 cm Semirechye/Zhetisu, 4th–2nd century BCE. Museum of Archaeology, Almaty: MA AA-1. Photography by Viktor Kharchenko © Museum of Archaeology of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty. Figurines of fifteen unidentified animals circle the rim of the tray in a clockwise direction. A mounted archer, placed off center to one side, is shown galloping in clockwise direction, and drawing his bow, prepared to shoot an... [Lire la suite]
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13 août 2012

Two Finials with Ibex-Head Tops. 7th–6th century BCE

Two Finials with Ibex-Head Tops. Bronze, H. 11.7, 11.5; W. 4.0, 4.0; D. 1.8, 2.0 cm Kzyl-Tagan (Taldy-Kurgan, Almaty region), 7th–6th century BCE Museum of Archaeology, Almaty: MA: RB-23/1, 2. Photography by Viktor Kharchenko © Museum of Archaeology of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty. Wild animals were especially popular in nomadic art, such as the ibex (mountain goat) heads seen here, or argali (mountain sheep), deer, tigers, and snow leopards. Birds, particularly eagles, vultures and other raptors, are also represented... [Lire la suite]
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13 août 2012

Round Tray on Conical Stand with Figures of Two Wolves and Two Ravens. 5th–3rd century BCE

Round Tray on Conical Stand with Figures of Two Wolves and Two Ravens around Prone Ibex in Center and Sixteen Snow Leopards around Rim. Bronze. H. 24.9; Diam. 34.9 cm. Ermensay gorge, Almaty, chance find 1993, 5th–3rd century BCE. Central State Museum, Almaty: KP 25195 Photography © The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty The numerous separately cast figurines attached to this stand are arranged in a complex narrative tableau, the meaning of which remains a mystery but may relate to a lost myth, epic or... [Lire la suite]
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13 août 2012

"Nomads + Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan" @ the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Plaque of Standing Argali. Gold, Turquoise, Shilikty 3, Kurgan 82, 8th-7th C. BCE. H x W x D: 4.1 x 3.97 x .55 cm. Central State Museum, Almaty: KP 26860. Photo: © The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty WASHINGTON, DC.- The first U.S. exhibition devoted entirely to the nomadic culture of ancient Kazakhstan makes its Washington, D.C., debut yesterday at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. “Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” on view through Nov. 12, dispels the notion... [Lire la suite]
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