"Procession of the Golden Man in the museums of the world" summed up the results of the project in 2019

On December 18, 2019, a press conference was held at the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the results of the implementation of the international exhibition project "The Procession of the Golden Man through the Museums of the World" in 2019. Also during the event, a meeting with foreign colleagues was held to exchange experience in the field of museum activities.

Let us remind that the goal of the international exhibition project "The Golden Man's Procession through the Museums of the World" is to acquaint the foreign public with the ancient history, rich culture and unique art of our people, presenting the "Golden Man" fr om the Issyk mound in the world's leading museums.        

The start of the international project in 2019 was given at the Kazan Kremlin State Museum-Reserve. Further, the exhibition "The Great Steppe: History and Culture" was successfully held in the leading museums of Uzbekistan, North Macedonia, Turkey, Malaysia and Greece. For three years the symbol of Kazakhstan - "Golden Man" was presented in 12 countries of near and far abroad.

Ilnur Nizamiev, Director of the Museum of Islamic Culture at the State Reserve-Museum "Kazan Kremlin"“Our country welcomed the exhibition of the Golden Man very warmly, which was organized in the exhibition hall" Manezh "of the State Reserve-Museum" Kazan Kremlin ". A special tour was prepared with the history of archaeological finds.  Great interest in studying the historical heritage of Kazakhstan was shown not only by local residents, but also by numerous tourists who arrived in Tatarstan. In order to develop cultural ties between the National Museum of Kazakhstan and the museums of Tatarstan in 2020, we plan to bring a large exhibition that will highlight the history of Islam. " On behalf of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ilnur Nizamiev presented a letter of gratitude to the director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, noting also the organizers of this exhibition.

The exhibits presented at the exhibition bear witness to the history of the steppe civilization, the flourishing and great victories of nomadic empires. The central exhibit of the exhibition is a reconstruction of the "Golden Man" in clothes embroidered with gold plaques.

The exhibition demonstrated the formation of the culture of nomads, the development of ancient metallurgy, the peculiarities and continuity of the hunting style of the Saka period, the peculiar influence of the Great Silk Road on the culture of the medieval city.

Curator of the Political and Strategic Planning Division of the Department of Museums of Malaysia Mastura binti Mohd Sah:  “The exhibition“ The Great Steppe: History and Culture ”surprised the Malaysians. In order to see the ancient history, culture, rich heritage of Kazakhstan, our museum was visited by representatives of many well-known government bodies and public figures. Children showed particular interest in the "Golden Man"; special quests were organized for them. Tourist organizations specially brought guests and introduced them to the unique exhibition. In general, this exhibition has further strengthened the diplomatic relations between the two countries."

As part of the final press conference, a documentary film was presented, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the birth of the famous Kazakhstani scientist-archeologist, one of the founders of the national school of archeology of Kazakhstan Kemal Akishev.        

Also during the event, a 6-volume catalog of the exhibition "The Great Steppe: History and Culture" was presented. This work was created by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Research Institute "Khalyk Kazynasy".

Akan Ongar, head of the Khalyk Kazynasy Research Institute: “We dedicated the theme of this international exhibition to the jewelry art of Sakas ... I wanted to know more about our history ... At this year's exhibition we tried to show the diverse history of the Kazakh people and land, wh ere the main exhibit is the "Golden Man", which is a symbol of our independence. We prepared a separate catalog for each exhibition, dwelled on their content and specifics in detail ”.

The press conference was attended by  Deputy Director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan Almaz Shaikenovich Nurazkhan , Director of the Museum of Islamic Culture  Ilnur Nizamiev  (Tatarstan), Director of the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan  Vasila Salikhovna Fayzieva , Director of the National Archaeological Museum of North Macedonia  Goran Sanev , Director of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations  Yusuf Kirach , Curator of the Political and Strategic Planning Division of the Department of Museums of Malaysia  Mastura binti Mohd Sah , Deputy Director of the Epigraphic Museum of Athens  Ioanna Venieri .

Also for the guests and residents of the capital, the opening of the exhibition "Treasures of the Kazakh Altai" from the funds of the East Kazakhstan Regional Museum of History and Local Lore took place. The exhibition featured unique gold items of the Early Saki culture from the Eleke Sazy burial mounds, found by an archaeological expedition led by the Kazakh scientist-archaeologist Z. Samashev in 2018-2019. in the Tarbagatai district of the East Kazakhstan region. 

At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, noted:  “During the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a presentation of the“ Golden Man ”found in the Kurgan“ Eleke Sazy ”took place. I express my deep gratitude to Zeinolla Samashev, who found this unique archaeological find. When he first discovered the Berel horses 20 years ago, it was a worldwide sensation. We all know that our land is rich in such ancient historical heritage, values ​​and we are proud of it. "     

Also during the opening of the exhibition, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Academician Zeinolla Samashev spoke:  “Dear friends! This special event is the 5th anniversary of the National Museum and today you will be introduced to the great treasures found in the east. I would like to express my gratitude to the National Museum for creating a special exhibition. This is the "second", the Golden Man, found 2 years ago in the Tarbagatai mountains. You know that the first "Golden Man" was discovered in the Issyk mound. Note that the second Golden Man was very well preserved, and we investigated and made a scientific reconstruction in the shortest possible time. "

At the exhibition, for the first time, a scientific reconstruction of the seventh "Golden Man" from the Eleke Sazy mound, performed by D.I. Sci., Professor Z. Samashev.