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Exhibition of ‘Golden Man’ in world museums


Kazakhstan still remains a historical and cultural discovery, with a way lot to share with the entire world. Its positioning in the center of Eurasia allows the country to reveal the wonders of the ancient civilizations, further showcasing them in world museums. The country has already brought the world six Golden Men, being the cultural heritage of the Great Steppe Belt of Eurasia. Keep on reading for more in the article below.

One of the six Golden Men was literally rooted out during the excavation work carried out in 53.3 km from the southern city of Almaty along the Issyk River in 1969 � 1970. The 6-meter finding was the skeleton of the Saka Tsar with a golden outfit. Archeologists suggest his age to be 17-18 years old. Over four thousand items were discovered in the kurgan, including decoration pieces, jewelry and household items. The Golden Man was adopted to be one of the symbols of modern Kazakhstan, with the winged horses that once decorated the crown became a part of Kazakhstan’s national coat of arms. Its sculpture was erected in the square of independence in Almaty.

Currently, the National Museum of Kazakhstan has announced the international tour called The procession of the Golden Man in the museums of the world, which is part of the National Programme Rukhani Zhangyru (Spiritual Modernization). The exhibition started off in Belarus in December 2017, then in Russia (Moscow, 2018), China, Azerbaijan and Korea, and set a great ambition to proceed in other world museums of Japan, Georgia, Great Britain, Spain, Turkey in 2019, USA, Italy, Austria, France and Germany. In 2021, it will be exhibited in the halls of the Grand Palais, France, and Austria’s Art Museum. The exhibition enhances cultural relations between the nations, aiming at exposing the rich historical and cultural heritage of Kazakhstan to foreign spectators.

The ancient warrior’s appearance presented is a result of thorough work by researches held using the topography. The exhibition showcases the outfit with a conical-shape headdress, decorated by golden plates as golden arrows, snow leopards, the argali, horses and birds, and a collection of archeological findings dated to the early iron age. Another centerpiece is the silver bowl with the inscription in Runes, which is one of the ancient writings ever found in this particular area.

Zoomorphic images or so-called animal style prevailed in ancient art of steppes, with predominated images of spirit animals, scenes of struggle between the animals with magical powers. Dramatism could be spotted through confronting nature, the revival, the fight between good and evil, the eternal movement and the friction between opposites. However, this style gradually extended beyond its original meaning after the onset of Christianity and Muslim, with it continued to exist in art of middle ages, particularly in jewelries, wood, stone and bone carvings, and in aggregated form in architecture, turning into stylized ornaments, decor units.

This time, the Golden Man heads to the Tatar city Kazan with other 127 exhibits from the National Museum of Kazakhstan, which are a small part of masterpieces of the past, mirroring the distinctiveness of heritage of Eurasia’s steppe culture.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050