martes, 4 de octubre de 2011

Exposición: Russie viking

Viking Russia, towards another Normandy?
Novgorod and Northern Russia, from the Scandinavian migrations to the end of the Middle Ages (8th – 15th centuries)
Exhibition produced jointly with the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Science Academy of St Petersburg, the Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg and Novgorod.

There are substantial similarities between the birth of Normandy and that of the principality of Novgorod in Russia, where there was a Scandinavian presence as early as the 8th century.

Following a presentation of the Scandinavian migrations and settlements in Russia, the exhibition deals in turn with the cultural traces of the Viking presence in Russia, the stabilization and flourishing of state power, and the forms of culture and material civilization in this new entity given the name of Rus.
In total over 500 archaeological items are on public show for the first time in France : ornaments in precious metals, children’s toys and wooden musical instruments, writing tablets in birch bark, all feature alongside farming equipment and fishing tackle, weapons, clothing etc.

Taking advantage of the many possibilities afforded by the exceptionally well-preserved organic materials discovered below ground in Novgorod during excavations conducted in the years 1950-2000, the Musée de Normandie is exhibiting a large number of items in wood, fabric and leather.

Journal de l'exposition Russie viking au Musée de Normandie du 25 juin au 31 octobre 2011

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