Thracian Gold From Bulgaria in Moscow Museum
The Moscow Times
Bulgaria is a culture that has long had strong ties to Russia, both linguistic from their shared Slavic roots as well as cultural from their Orthodox Christian heritage. As part of this cultural exchange, cooperation between the Bulgarian and Russian cultural ministries has resulted in the arrival at the State Historical Museum of a new exhibit focusing on Ancient Thrace, a culture totally alien to both modern Bulgaria and Russia.
Members of the Bulgarian emigre community in Moscow were out in force at the gallery opening at the State Historical Museum, and it seemed that most of those in attendance were already well acquainted. Bulgarian accents were quite prominent throughout the evening, and startling for those not used to them — though a Slavic language like Russian, Bulgarian sounds more like Southern European languages such as Greek and Italian in intonation and pronunciation.
The Bulgarian officials were quick to affirm their agreement with Medinsky's message of cultural unity, commenting on the longstanding ties between the two governments as well as the shared culture and history of the two nations. The Bulgarians also were quick to claim the cultural heritage of Ancient Thrace, talking of the great beauty of the objects in the exhibit and their place in the culture and history of Bulgaria.
Bulgarian Ambassador Boiko Kotsev described the artifacts as "a unique exhibit, a pearl of European and world art." The exhibit is made up of widely varying artifacts from a period stretching from about 400 BC to 400 AD, in fact stretching well beyond the era commonly referred to as Ancient Thrace.
The exhibit, as its name suggests, focuses mainly on gold objects. While these rare precious objects do not give a terribly good sense of what Thracian culture was actually like and how Thracians actually lived, they are extremely beautiful, and worth checking out even for those with little interest in ancient history.
"Thracian Gold from Bulgaria. Resurrected Legends" runs until Nov. 30 at the State Historical Museum, 1 Red Square.
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