Exhibition “Armenia, A Legend of Being”

Exhibition “Armenia, A Legend of Being”About a year ago the Russian audience was given an opportunity to witness more than 160 unique Armenian showpieces in the State Historical Museum of Russia.

The exhibits had been transferred to the museum from the History Museum of Armenia, Etchmiadzin Cathedral Museum, and the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran).

Introduced exhibits have been dated from ancient times to more modern days. Every piece has its own history. Unfortunately, the article on manhunter.ru whence the images have been taken contains somewhat inaccurate historical data.

The article is written in Russian, but visit it you wish or just look around on this site to find some information about Armenia.

Nevertheless, enjoy the showpieces!

• A shield with inscription of Rusa I, King of Urartu.
• A hand axe.
Lithic core.
• Figures of a man and a woman.
• A figure of a woman
• A vessel.
• A ritual stele.
• An Anthropomorphic idol.
• A jug.
• Another jug.
• A figure of a sheep.
• A stand for a fireplace.
• An Anthropomorphic figure.
• A karas (Armenian: Կարաս, pot).
• A karas with ornamentation.
• Another karas.
• A jug with ornamentation.
• A jug with ornamentation.
• A jug with ornamentation.
• A jug with ornamentation.
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A bronze figure
• A dish.
• A rhyton in shape of a bear.
• A flask.
• A chalice from Karashamb, Armenia.
• A censer.
• A jug.
• A figure of a soldier.
• A figure of a soldier.
• Figures of women.
• Figures of wolves.
• Figures of a horse and a bull.
A bit.
• A ritual belt.
• Heads of pole weapons.
• An axe head.
• Heads of ritual axes.
• A helmet.
• Daggers.
• A bowl with inscriptions of king of Urartu Sarduri II.
• Another bowl with inscriptions of Sarduri II.
• A plaque portraying a lion.
• A casket.
• Another casket.
• An amphora.
• A dish.
• Another dish.
• Figures of gods.
• Tablets with cuneiform script.
• A tablet with cuneiform script.
• A rhyton with bull’s head.
• A replica of the head of the bronze statue of goddess Anahit.
• Statue of goddess Aphrodite.
• A panel.
• Map of Armenia in I-IV centuries.
• A model of a church.
• A model of a cathedral.
• A fragment of a capital.
• A fragment of another capital.
• A tympanum with bas-relief.
• Another tympanum with bas-relief.
• A cross.
• A pigeon-shaped jug for chrism.
• An altar cross.
• A thurible.
• A cross with relics of Saint George.
• A thurible.
• A thurible.
• A thurible.
• A mitre.
• A Liturgical Fan.
• A Celtic cross.
• A cross.
• A vakas.
• An epigonation.
• A mitre and a staff.
• A chalice.
• A robe of a priest.
• A khachkar (Armenian cross-stone).
• A relief portraying an eagle.
• A khachkar with writings.
• Another khachkar.
• A book of the New Testament.
• Another book of the New Testament.
• A lectionary.
• A book of the New Testament.
• “Grammar” of Simeon Dzhughayetsi.
• Collection of Gregory of Tatev.
• The Bible.
• A book of the New Testament.
• Armenian carpets.
• Armenian carpets.
• A veil of an altar.
• Costumes of women’s ensemble.
• Costumes of women’s ensemble.

Related Publications


  1. Lovely and fascinating collection. Is there a catalog that gives dates, provenance, materials of these objects? Without such info, there is no context.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *