Great Steppe: History and Culture of Central Asia

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By Akmaral Aben in Uzbekistan: –

Trade-economic, political and humanitarian relations between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan recently go gangbusters and opening of exhibition Great Steppe: History and Culture at State Museum of Arts in Tashkent on April 11 is facilitating new understanding of Kazakhstan from the Uzbek home. Golden Man – Sak warrior of VII-III centuries BC, a symbol of Kazakhstan and at the same time a heritage of all countries of Central Asian Region involved in existence of highly developed ancient civilization within the territory occupies its special place among over 100 items of the exhibition displays.

Nurazkhan Almaz Shaikenovich, Director of National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Faiziyeva Vasilya Salikhovna, Director of State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan attended the opening of ceremony. National Museum of Kazakhstan and State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan concluded Memorandum on Cooperation for a period of five years. Representatives of official delegations of two countries, as well as Kazakh and Uzbek science historians participated in the event.

National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan is acting under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, which views one of its primary objectives a comprehensive integration of Kazakhstan into global cultural space. Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Minister, Doctor of Art History, Professor, Honoured Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Knight of the Order of Honor “Kurmet” in practice is implementing targets related to cooperation of Kazakhstan with other countries and UNESCO in the line of culture and sports. It is A. Mukhamediuly who said that “following the worldwide procession of the Golden Man through leading museums… will be shown a slate of scientific-research films and a full-length animation film about the Golden Man”. Into the creation of screen version of Kazakhstan’s ancient history, the Ministry intends to attract creative powers of the leading world TV channels and certainly the best domestic resources. The Golden Man has made his current journey to Sunny Uzbekistan also with comprehensive support from the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Uzbekistan became the seventh state after Belarus, Azerbaijan, Russia, China, Poland, Korea and the Republic of Tatarstan, where Altyn Adam arrived as a cultural envoy.

In gleam of gear and items elicited from a tomb of the ancient warrior hundreds of thousands people have already seen full history, military and cultural antecedent of Saks: courageous and strong, sophisticated in the domestic scene at the same time and skilled people, ancestors of modern Kazakhs. The unique discovery was duly appreciated at the time when Kazakhstan was achieving its state independence. National Museum of Kazakhstan with support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan has made significant efforts to elevate the level of the awareness of Golden Man and clarify an intrinsic meaning of this historical discovery for self identification of the Kazakh people.

Almaz Nurazkhan, Director of National Museum of Kazakhstan who is a professional artist, graduate from two art schools: Kazakhstan and Russian, distinguished person in Kazakhstan and abroad, the author of art works, sculpture and a master of jewellery art, unveiled the Golden Man in all details to visitors of the exhibition in Tashkent.

The Museum headed by A.Nurazkhan is demonstration platform for invaluable discoveries found in ancient mounds and cities on the territory of Kazakhstan. Within the verge of the Museum the Golden Man attains perpetual abode in the interim of his world tour. In the halls of the Museum Kazakhstan is presented in the whole palette of its historical, cultural, ethnic and

spiritual diversity. All 106 exhibits brought to the exhibition to celebrate the Year of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan represent carefully selected demonstration series from the collections of this newest and largest Museum of our country.

The Golden Man – the discovery of universal importance was made by distinguished Soviet archaeologist Akishev Kemal and his pupils in the Issyk mound nearby Almaty during late 60’s -early 70’s of the twentieth century. Curious navvies found numerous toilet wares, weapons decorated with gold, plates and dishes filled with food and drinks back in the old days, and various utensils in proximity to the Golden Man. The burial place was covered with a cloth mat lined with small golden flakes.

On the head of the warrior there was a high conical headdress decorated with golden splints in the form of snow leopards, argali, horses and birds. On the fingers there were two heavy golden signet rings, one of which had a seal depicting a figure of head with the finery headdress. But ancient saks- tigrakhauda who were keen to wear stylish oblongish headdress not lived by bread alone. A silver bowl with a runic inscription was found in the vicinity with the Golden Man confirming the presence of writing script that predestines a social medium culturally and educationally developed.

Common sources of history and culture of Kazakh and Uzbek people create profound resource for exchange of cultural heritage and rapprochement of two neighbours on the continent. The year of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan devised to provide a growth of trade and economic collaboration, intensify integration processes between two leopards of Eurasia. An anticipated interest in the exhibition Great Steppe: History and Culture of Uzbek audience, including scholars, students, tourists, representatives of clerisy serves as a tool for “soft power” under the influence of which people “will join into a greater home”.

Edited by Dr Shahid Qureshi – Chief Editor

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