Exhibition of “The Golden Man” at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

TÜRKSOY
Friday, 13 September 2019

The Golden Man which is one of the most important archeological findings of the Great Steppe is being exhibited in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition entitled “The History and Culture of the Great Steppe” and held within the framework of the project featuring “The Golden Man in World Museums” carried out in cooperation of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Kazakhstan in  Ankara with the National Museum of Kazakhstan took place on September 12th, 2019.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition featuring the Golden Man along with other findings of archeological excavations carried out near Almaty between  1960-1970 gathered  TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ankara  H. E.  Abzal Saparbekuly, the Director General of Cultural Assets and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey  Mr. Gökhan Yazgı, the Director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan and former Minister of Cultue and Sports of Kazakhstan  Mr. Arystanbek Mukhamediuly along with many guests.

The exhibition was preceded by a press conference moderated by the Deputy Director of Cultural Assets and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Seyit Ahmet Arslan and gathering  TURKSOY Deputy Secretary General  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı, the Chair of the Department of Archeology of the Faculty of Literature of the Gazi University Prof. Dr. Süleyman Yücel Şenyurt and the Kazak arceologist Arman Beisenov.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition entitled “The History and Culture of the Great Steppe”  also featured the Nur-Sultan Orchestra of Traditional Instruments from Kazakhstan which gave a short concert in whch it accompanied the soloists Erlan Zhandarbay and Uralykhan Seilbekova.

The opening speeches of the exhibition were delivered by TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of the Republic of  Kazakhstan to Ankara  H. E. Abzal Saparbekuly, the Director of the National Museum of Kazakhstan Mr. Arystanbek Muhamediuly and the Director General for the Protection of Natural Assets and Museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey  Mr. Gökhan Yazgı.

In the opening speech he delivered, Mr. Dusen Kasseinov stressed that this exhibition will offer the opportunity to have a closer look at an important fragment of our common history and said: “This collection featuring archeological findings dating back to the nomadic culture of peoples who lived on today’s Kazak territory thousands year ago from the Sakha people onwards will take you onto an important journey back to our common history. This exhibition will offer you the opportunity to examine the Golden Man which is one of the most important archeological findings of Kazakhstan and has therefore  become one of its national symbols shedding a new light upon the history of Turkic peoples.”

- The Golden Man -

This major finding of excavations carried out in the Issy Kurgan tumulus near Almaty under the leadership of  the famous archeologist Kemal Akishev between 1960 - 1970 features  a uniform made of solid gold and belonging to the Scythian/Sakha prince. This finding which has become the symbol of Kazakhstan and also inspired a statue refered to as the “Kazak Tutanchamon” on the Square of Indepencence in Almaty, the former capital of Kazahstan, is considered as  the most important archeological finding of this century. Today, the winged horse which can be seen on the golden  ornaments of the crown belonging to the ruler of the Great Steppe is part of the coat of arms of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The exhibition on the “History and Culture of the Great Steppe” in the National Museum of Kazakhstan features 207 works in total. Artefacts dating back to the Middle Ages of Kazakhstan undoudbtedly represent just a fragment of  the great cultural heritage left behind by craftsmen of Eurasia whose names are unknown to us.

The exhibition featurşng the “History and Culture of the Great Steppe” which has already taken place in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, China, Poland, South Korea and Uzbekistan will be open to visitors in Ankara between September 12th - October 12th, 2019.