September 8, 2017
The exhibition “Treasures of the Himalayas” in the State Museum of the East is devoted to the history of Russia’s relations with the countries of the Prigimalish region: India, Bhutan, Nepal and the kingdom of Mustang (now part of Nepal).
In 2016, 60 years have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our country and Nepal, and in 2017 – 70 years of diplomatic relations with the Republic of India, which in the same year celebrated the seventieth anniversary of its independence.
Part of the exhibition introduces the monuments of the Prigimalai region and its rich cultural heritage. An important section of the exposition is devoted to architecture – here with the use of authentic details – carved windows, pagodas models, paintings of Nepalese artists – the unique image of the old Kathmandu was recreated. In a separate room there are unique icons from the Mustang, ancient altar statues and cult objects, illustrated manuscripts with sacred texts.
At the exhibition you can see and objects of everyday art – silver jewelry and amuletnitsy, rare knives-Khukhri, Bhutan mystery masks. The atmosphere of the magical Himalayas will be created by photographs taken there by famous photographers and travelers.
The exposition includes items from the collections: the State Museum of Oriental Art, the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography named after. Peter the Great (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the State Historical Museum, the All-Russian Museum Association of Musical Culture. Glinka, the State Museum of Leo Tolstoy, photographic works by Olga Konorova, Igor Kalashnikov and Ivan Kozorezov, as well as items from the collection of the Society for Cooperation and Friendship with Nepal and from the Nepal Embassy in Russia.