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Silk and Gold of Eurasia

The Silk and Gold exhibition from the Museum's collections was on display under the VI Congress of Ethnographers and Anthropologists of Russia.

19 masterpieces of traditional weaving were selected from the collections of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera). The samples present methods of silk fiber handling and methods of silk peaces decoration worked out through the XVII-XIX centuries over various parts of Eurasia and Africa. When selecting the exhibition items it was established that the masterpieces of silk weaving, as a rule, include gold fibers - that resulted in the exhibition title Silk and Gold.

The exposition displays the most singular samples of Bukhara silk fabrics, Indian head covers and sari, Russian kerchiefs, Caucasian praying carpet, Afghan men's head cover, Chinese curtain and samite, women's skirts of continental South-East Asia, cloths of noble African man from Ghana, etc..

The unique silk and gold weaved items were handed over to the Museum by famous collectors - prince E.E. Ukhtomsky, G. Maier, S.M. and Y.I. Marr. Besides, they were delivered from the former Imperator's collections, the Imperator's Russian Geographic Society, former museum within A.L. Shtiglits School of technical drawing, as well as from ambassadorial and ceremonial donaries.



Fata women's headkerchief. Silk, gold thread. Moscow province, Kolomna. 1st half 19th century. G.I. Kulikovsky's collection, Olonetz province, 1887.


Shawl, men's. Silk, gold thread. Afganistan, Herat. 19th century. Gift of O.M. Goloborodko, 1928; was presented to her by Hadis Nur Ahmed Khan, assistant to Governer-General in Herat.


Namazlyk prayer rug. Silk velvet, silk and gold threads. Transcaucasus (?). 19th century. Acquired from Rasul Muhammedov, 1925

Odhni women's headcovers. India. 19th century. Silk, gold thread. Acquired in 1928 from the former Museum of the A.L. Stirglitz Scool of Technical Draving which was founded in 1876 and by the 1910s had become one of the world's major depositories of art objects. This museum was closed in 1928.




Texture samples and votive handing (front cover). Silk, gold thread. China. 19th century. From the collections of Prince E.E. Ukhtomsky (1861 -1921). The Prince, who was a promininent expert of Easten art, accompained Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich, heir to the Russian throne, during His Journey to the Orient (1890-1891). Skirts, women's. Laos. 19th century. Silk. Donated by Prof. Hans Meier who had ordered a collection of folk costumess of the people of French Indo-China for the 1902 St.-Petersburg International Clothing Exhibition.


Skirts, women's. Laos. 19th century. Silk. Donated by Prof. Hans Meier who had ordered a collection of folk costumess of the people of French Indo-China for the 1902 St.-Petersburg International Clothing Exhibition.

Scarf. Silk, cotton. South-East Asia. Donated by Prof. Hans Meier who had ordered a collection of folk costumess of the people of French Indo-China for the 1902 St.-Petersburg International Clothing Exhibition.

Kente a nobleman's garment. Silk. Ghana.20th century. Part of MAE's holding consits of ambassadors' and envoys' gifts, among them is a represented kente donated by A. Choumassi in 1963.


Ikat texture samplles, Bukhara. 19th century. Shoi silk. Acquared from the Winter Palace in 1924; part of the gifts from the emirs of Bukhara presented to the Romanov family in the late 19th-early 20th century.

Ikat texture samplles, Bukhara. 19th century. Bakhmal velvets. Acquared from the Winter Palace in 1924; part of the gifts from the emirs of Bukhara presented to the Romanov family in the late 19th-early 20th century.

Ikat texture samplles, Bukhara. 19th century. Bakhmal velvets. Acquared from the Winter Palace in 1924; part of the gifts from the emirs of Bukhara presented to the Romanov family in the late 19th-early 20th century.


Ikat texture samplles, Bukhara. 19th century. Bakhmal velvets. Acquared from the Winter Palace in 1924; part of the gifts from the emirs of Bukhara presented to the Romanov family in the late 19th-early 20th century.

Ikat texture samplles, Bukhara. 19th century. Adras semi-silk. Acquared from the Winter Palace in 1924; part of the gifts from the emirs of Bukhara presented to the Romanov family in the late 19th-early 20th century.