OLD WEAPONS EXHIBITION
Masterpieces of old weaponry are presented in Astana. "East and West" exhibition of ancient weapons from Hermitage has been opened in the National Museum of Kazakhstan as part of the EXPO 2017. The exposition features more than 70 unique exhibits and covers a significant historical period of armory development - more than 400 years from the 15th to the end of the 19th century. The exhibition contains combat, hunting, sports and even ceremonial weapons from Turkey, Iran, India, Japan, France, Germany and Spain.
GULSHARA ABDYKALIKOVA, KAZAKH STATE SECRETARY:
- We are all participants of the weapons art festival. The arrival of the world-famous Hermitage, one of the 20 most visited museums in the world, in Astana is the evidence of a truly friendly relationship between Kazakhstan and Russia.
Hermitage has almost 16,000 exhibit items and is considered one of the best museums in the world. Its formation began as early as the beginning of the 19th century, when the young prince and future emperor Nicholas was presented with a trophy Turkish sword. The collection quickly expanded due to numerous gifts and trophies. At present, it is being actively replenished through a procurement commission.
YURY YEFIMOV, head of Weaponry Sector AT Hermitage:
- We brought masterpieces of weapons art, first-class items of both Western and Eastern weapon-smith, gifts to our kings, beginning with Nicholas I, and the works of the original craftsmen. For example, we have a Colt revolver, which Nicholas I received from a designer of this weapon.
The exhibition lets the visitors see a variety of weapons and learn about the famous armorers. Although the weapons have lost their practical purpose, their technical and artistic merit most clearly show the talent and virtuosic techniques of the armorers of the past. The exhibition will be open until September 20.