Gold man presented in Malaysia

On October 1, 2019, the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan opened the exhibition "The Great Steppe: History and Culture" at the Department of Museums of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition runs until October 31, 2019 as part of the international project "The procession of the Gold Man through the world's museums," reports with reference to the press department of the National Museum.

The aim of the exhibition is to familiarize a foreign audience with the rich historical and cultural heritage of Kazakhstan. The symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Gold Man, will be presented at the exhibition.

In the late 1960s - early 1970s, in the Issyk mound, the remains of the Saka king, Gold Man, were discovered that later became the symbol of Kazakhstan. The priceless find was dubbed the "Kazakh Tutankhamen" and recognized as the discovery of the century.

Gold ornaments from the crown of the ancient ruler of the steppes - winged horses-tulpars - became part of the national coat of arms of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the sculpture of the Gold Man was installed on Independence Square in Almaty.

The exhibition displays the recreated Gold Man in clothes embroidered with gold plaques, in a headdress of a special conical shape, which is decorated with golden plates in the form of golden arrows, snow leopards, argali, horses and birds, and a collection of archaeological finds of the early Iron Age century (V – IV centuries. BC), accompanying the burial of this notable Saki young warrior (according to archaeologists, his age is 17-18 years).

At the exhibition, unique cone-shaped headdresses, decorated with gold overheads and gold plates in the form of arrows, snow, argali, horses and birds (the ancient Iron Age, V-IV centuries BC), were buried with these young men (according to archaeologists about 17-18 years).

Saki are distant ancestors of the Kazakhs. In the writings of Greek authors, they are called Asian Scythians (the word saka goes back to the Scythian - "deer"). Among the three large groups of these tribes the Saki-Tigrahaud were mentioned, who lived in the territory where the Issyk mound was found with the burial of the Gold Man.

More than four thousand gold articles were found in the mound: details for decorating clothes, as well as decorations and household utensils. The topography of the objects in the burial allowed the researchers, as a result of hard work, to recreate the look of the ancient warrior, which is presented at the exhibition.

The most important feature of the ancient art of the steppe is dominance of zoomorphic images, the so-called animal style, the distinctive features of which are stylized images of totem animals, scenes of fighting animals, endowed with magical functions.

In total, the exhibition features 346 items from the collections of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Presented at the exhibition are the masterpieces of ancient and medieval art of Kazakhstan. It is only a small part of the creations of nameless masters of the past, reflecting the original heritage of the steppe culture of Eurasia.

Laura Tusupbekova
11:02, 2 October 2019

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