Antiquities from Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations

Monday, October 1, 2012 - Sunday, February 19, 2012

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The Museum of Russian Art announces its exhibition of artifacts dating from the Neolithic age to the Byzantine era, unearthed in present-day Ukraine.  TMORA is proud to be one of only three American venues hosting this private collection from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Presented in conjunction with the Government of Ukraine and The Museum of National Cultural Heritage PLATAR, the exhibition include unique clay objects from one of the most ancient civilizations of the world – the Trypilian culture, which flourished approximately 7,000 years ago before disappearing in the 3rd millennium BC.
The lost world of this sophisticated matriarchal society comes to life in the fascinating figurines of the Great Goddess and in the highly stylized patterns decorating Trypilian earthenware.

Gradually displacing the agricultural Trypilians, the nomads of the Ukrainian steppe produced magnificent artwork also featured in the exhibition. Of particular interest is the Scythian gold dating to the period between the 7th and the 3rd centuries BC.  Golden decorative objects bear the influence of Greek art that was cultivated in numerous Greek colonies along the Black Sea coast. The later cultures of Ancient Rome and Byzantium contributed to the wealth of archeological material still buried in present-day Ukraine. Unique samples of Roman and Byzantine decorative art, jewelry and everyday objects are also included in Antiquities from Ukraine:  Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations.

Exhibition organized by the Foundation for International Arts & Education.

 Suggested exhibit-related reading from our Museum docents

  • Foundation for International Arts & Education. 2011. The Glory of Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations.
  • Perrie, Maureen (editor). 2008. The Cambridge history of Russia, vol. 1: From early Rus’ to 1689. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.