Wednesday, January 21, 2009

From the land of the Golden Fleece : Treasures of Ancient Colchis

From the Benaki Museum website

This travelling exhibition is being presented to the Greek public for the first time, and introduces, in an impressive manner, the civilisation that developed on the Eastern shores of the Black Sea from the 5th to the 2nd century B.C. The 140 works in the exhibition - which include 100 pieces of jewellery - were found in excavations that took place at Vani, the religious centre of Ancient Colchis (in the west of present day Republic of Georgia).

The purpose of the exhibition is both to highlight the strong cultural ties that linked Ancient Greece with Colchis, and to acquaint the Greek public with the brilliant world of the East.

The objects in the exhibition belong to the National Museum of Georgia, in Tbilisi.

The exhibition has already been shown in major museums in Europe and the United States, including the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin; the Musée des Arts Asiatiques, Nice; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; the New York University Institute for the Study of the Ancient World; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and is currently hosted by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until January 4th, 2009.

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