Some Things I Saw at the Pushkin Museum

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Our friend and Moscow native Dmitri told us that he passed many an afternoon at the Pushkin Museum when he was a student.    So, we had to make a visit.  In fact, we made two.   The Pushkin’s collections are housed in several buildings.  The first ones we saw were located in the main building and included ancient Greece, the Black Sea region, the Near East, Roman Egypt and Troy.  I never get tired of looking at ancient beads and metalwork although  those items comprise only a small portion of what we saw:

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 Little Greek Cupids.

Beads (glass, pottery, rock crystal, carnelian, chalcedony and jet) from what we know today as Greece, Turkey and the Near East.  Dates vary from 1st century BCE  to 7th century CE.

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Anatolia

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Phanagoria, includes beads of  lapis.

  We jumped at the chance to see the exhibit  on Ancient Troy and Schliemann’s excavations.  Schliemann has always fascinated me because he came from humble origins, had a successful business career and used his money to excavate the site where he determined the Trojan War had taken place.  Before he found archaeological evident that Troy had actually existed,  most people considered Troy “a matter of myth and not reality.”

When Schliemann found the treasure pictured below, he dressed his wife up in the jewelry and took her picture.  I did not take the pictures below because my cell phone battery had decided to overheat and die.  If you click on the pictures, however, you will be taken to a link with information on the photographers.

Golden diadem with pendants

Tesoro di priamo, spialla d'oro, cat. 239

Tesoro di priamo, grande diadema con pendenti, oro, cat. 10, 01

Golden sauceboat with two handles

Tesoro di priamo, bracciale lamellare con decorazione a spirale, dal tesoro F, oro, cat. 123

Tesoro di priamo, orecchino con pendenti, oro, cat. 155

Ritual Hammer-Axes

These are ceremonial  hammers. They are oversized, maybe about a foot long and are very impressive in person.

We returned to the Pushkin to see the 19th and 20th Century European Art collections.  If I had only seen the Matisses, I would have been happy.  An incredible collection you must see if you ever make it to Moscow.  Thanks Dmitri!

Greetings From Moscow!

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

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Le Mutt in Red Square!

I will be posting more about our Moscow experience.  Suffice it to say that the Russians are always rushing (at least in Moscow) but I had no trouble going out and finding my way around with the help of a map and occasional requests for directions (it helps to write down the Cyrillic version of your destination just on case the person you ask does not speak English).  The people I have met have been very cordial and helpful.