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Moscow’s National History Museum presents exhibition of Thracian gold

September 30, 2013, 20:53 UTC+3

The exhibition will be open through to November 30

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MOSCOW, September 30 (Itar-Tass) - Exhibition titled ‘Thracian Gold from Bulgaria: the Legends Relived’ showing exhibits dating back to the civilization of ancient Thrace has opened in Moscow’s world-famous National History Museum.

“Russia and Bulgaria have been linked historically by a sensation of profound friendship and cooperation,” Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said. “That’s why it’s all the more so interesting to see the presentation of artifacts, which reveal of a fantastic level of culture, arts and civilization that existed in the Balkans thousands of years ago.”

The exhibition that has been designed by museum experts from Russia and Bulgaria shows 317 objects revealing the history of the legendary Thracian kingdom in the northern section of the Black Sea littoral area.

Alexei Levykin, the director of the History Museum said that each exhibit on display is absolutely unique. “All the objects one can see in the showcases were created in just one copy,” he said,

The exhibition covers a period from the 8th century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D. and consists of several sections. The first one that is devoted to the Thracian kings shows swords, helmets and ring-mails.

The second highlights the role of horses in the Thracians’ life. Here the spectators can see the richly decorated Thracian harnessing.

The third section explores the myths about the Amazons and Dionysus and the Thracians’ religious beliefs. It displays the statues of deities, terracotta vessels, and numerous objects of gold and silver.

Of particular interest is the section bringing to spotlight the art of toreutics - the artistic metalworking and productions of embossed objects.

The exhibition has embraced a big number Bulgarian museums, including the National History Museum of Bulgaria, as well as the collections from Plovdiv, Vrac, Ruse, Lovec, the private museum of Arete-Fol foundation, and the Thrace Foundation.

The exhibition will be open through to November 30.

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