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25.11.2015 | Research made by the scholar from the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences became a basis of a diplomatic gift of the President of Russia

The president of Russia Vladimir Putin during personal meeting with ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Head and the spiritual leader of Iran, presented him the copy of one of the most ancient manuscripts of the Qur’an in the world which is stored in the St. Petersburg academic collection. The manuscript was identified, studied and published by Prof Efim Rezvan, the deputy director of the MAE RAS. His monograph on the topic received the Russian national award "Book of the Year" in the nomination "Humanitas" (2005), it won the second international competition of the CIS states "The Art of the Book" in the nomination "Dialogue of Cultures" (2005), gained the honourable diploma of UNESCO as "The best edition making the significant contribution to dialogue of cultures" (2005) as well as the honourable diploma of the Teheran Qur’anic Fair (2005). Efim Rezvan also made a documentary about the project. The Saint-Petersburg scholar took active part in preparation of a diplomatic gift.

To know the history of this manuscript in details, please, read Prof Rezvan’s article following this link.

28.10.2015 | The Sensational Dating of the Early Copies of the Qur’an. Public lecture by Efim Rezvan in the UK

On October, 21 2015, Birmingham University organized a scientific conference on results of radiocarbon dating of early Qur’anic fragments stored in its library. The manuscript drew wide media and public interest  since the parchment was dated to approximately the lifetime of the Prophet Mohammed. (The dating placed the fragments to 568645 A. D., while the preaching of Mohammed began in 610 A. D. and ended with his death in 632 A. D.)

30.06.2015 | Museum presents new online catalogue of the collections on Ainu culture.


Museum continues the series of catalogues providing the broad access to its collections. New online catalogue available from today on the Museum website is dedicated to the Ainu - one of the indigenous peoples of the Far East and Japan. MAE collection contains over two thousand items of Ainu origin; some of them are displayed at the permanent exhibition. Collections on Ainu culture are among the early acquisitions; 14 items still remain the labels of Kunstkamera. The uniqueness of these collections is in their wide geographical range as well, since they include materials not only from Hokkaido and Sakhalin Island, but also from Kuril Islands. The history of Ainu items’ collecting is associated with the names of prominent Russian travelers and explorers: I.G. Voznesenskii, B.O. Pilsudskiy, L.Y. Sternberg, and others. They could purchase unique materials on various aspects of the culture of Ainu people: vehicles and clothes, hunting tools and utensils, religious objects. Research of Ainu collections of MAE RAS is being carried out for many years in collaboration with specialists from Japan.

23.06.2015 | River Stars Reindeer

Imaging Evenki & Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia & Siberia

Exhibitions open 23 June – 27 September 2015

11.06.2015 | Heads of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations of Russia visited the Museum

June 11, 2015 – Mr. Mikhail M. Kotyukov, Head of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations of Russia, and Mr. Sergei V. Kuzmin, Deputy Head of FANO, visited the Museum. The heads of FANO visited the collection storages and exhibitions of MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS ,  held a meeting with the Museum administration on the development of the institution as a national research center. One of the main topics of discussion was the creation of the Museum multifunctional scientific and storage center.



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CELESTIAL BOAT. Chinese Mechanical Toy
The World of an Object

As early as the 3rd century B.C. Qin Shi-huang, establisher of the Chinese Empire, attending to endless longevity was time after time sending expeditions to the distant seas looking for the islands haunted with the celestial immortals: people - rulers of the time, elements and wonderful creatures, - in pleasure of eternity sailing the seas by unseen boats resistant to any storms. By celestial boats.