“The Pearls of the Great Steppe” exhibition
“The Pearls of the Great Steppe” exhibition was held in Astana with the presentation of historic items collection by the well-known Kazakh ethnographer, Bakhargul Tolegen. There were over 1,000 historic artifacts, including ancient coins, silver and gold jewelries as well as Otrar ceramics, spears, blades and weapons of steppe warriors. Bakhargul said the items were collected for over 20 years and they provide an overall view of the household and lifestyle of the ancestors who lived in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries.
BAKHARGUL TOLEGEN, COLLECTOR, ETHNOGRAPHER:
- My collection contains ancient coins from the Kushan Empire period, including those with the image of the Kushan emperor. There are also ancient Turkic items, including arrowheads and spearheads, an axe and other types of weapons. There are items dating back to the Kimak Khaganate, as well as ancient items from the modern-day Turkmenistan, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Bakhargul Tolegen is the owner of Kazakhstan’s only private museum of gold and silver antiques, which belonged to the Turkic people. There are more than 1,000 items displayed in the museum. Based on popular vote, she became a participant in the ‘100 New Faces of Kazakhstan’ project.