Kazakhstan to open ‘The Great Steppe: history and culture” exhibition in Turkey

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The National Museum of Kazakhstan on September 12 opens the exhibition “The Great Steppe: history and culture” in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. The exhibition will be held from September 12 to October 12, 2019 as part of the international project “The Procession of the Altyn Adam through the world museums,” the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan said.

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 Altyn Adam, will be presented at the exhibition.

In the late 1960s-early 1970s, an archaeological sensation occurred in the vicinity of Almaty: in the Issyk mound, which was investigated by the outstanding archaeologist Kemal Akishev, the remains of the Saka king, “Altyn Adam,” who later became the symbol of Kazakhstan, were discovered. The priceless find was dubbed the “Kazakh Tutankhamen” and was recognized as the discovery of the century. Golden 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 Altyn Adam was installed on Independence Square in Almaty.

After almost half a century, the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan announces an international tour “The procession of the Altyn Adam through the museums of the world”. As part of the large-scale project, the exhibition was held with great success in the museums of Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, China, Poland, South Korea, Uzbekistan, and Macedonia and by the end of 2019 the exhibition will visit two more countries.

At the exhibition in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, visitors will see the reconstruction of the Altyn Adam in clothes embroidered with gold plaques, in a special conical headdress decorated with gold plates in the form of golden arrows, snow leopards, argali, horses and birds, and a collection of archaeological finds from the early era of the Iron Age (V – IV centuries BC) that accompanied the burial of this noble Saka young warrior (according to archaeologists his age was 17-18 years).

In total, the exhibition features 207 items from the collections of the National Museum of Kazakhstan.


Times of Central Asia