Art in the Hermitage

Armorial Hall ©Anosmia/flickr

Armorial Hall ©Anosmia/flickr

180,000 of Oriental art can be seen in the Hermitage. From Ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Byzantium, Islamic Art of the countries of the near East, Mongolia and Tibet, Japan, Central Asia, The Golden Horde, Sassanian Iran, India, China, Thailand, The Caucasus and also Oriental Jewellery. There are fifty museum rooms that contains very interesting items from Mesopotamia, Byzantium and also countries of the Near and Far East. One of which to mention is the Aquamanile in the Form of an Eagle by Master Suleiman. These metal artifacts also includes unique bronze vessels and are dated back to the Islamic period. People who likes these series, will also like the Oriental Coins where money ingots, glass weights, coin-shaped amulets and also the primitive currency of Africa and Asia. The two hundred thousands of numismatic pieces and the collection of Sassanian coins are one of the finest in the world today. And outside China, this museum has a collection of one of the best in the world for the Chinese silver money ingots of the early 19th century.

Prehistoric Art

This is the part of the Hermitage that possesses more than two million early medieval items. From Palaeolithic art, Neolithic art, the Eneolithic and Bronze ages, Koban and Colchaian cultures, early farmers, the Scythians, early nomads of the Altaic region, the Serbian collection of Peter I, nomads of the Sarmatians and Huns time, Bosporus, Eastern European barbarians, perm animal style, the Turki, Khazars, Bulgarians, Polovtsy, and Pereshchepina treasure. Also the Ancient rus. You will first see the stone and bone figurines of more than 20,000 years old. Excavation were done at the Malta settlement near Irkutsk and River Don. As for the Neolithic objects, they were dated back to 3000 BC. One key highlight to see is the head of a female elk. It was ecavated at Shigir peat bog in the Urals. Another include the stone carvings of fish from the Lake Baikal.

Antiquity: Greece, Italy, Rome

Ceiling ©Anosmia/flickr

Ceiling ©Anosmia/flickr

The art and culture of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Italy can be witnessed through the 100,000 and more items. Dated back to 2000 BC, you can even see the latest of the 4th century AD all in a place. Fifteen thousand vases whether of the Italian or Greek origins as well as the Etruscan art are all collected here. For antique gems lovers, there are engraved stones and you can find at least ten thousand items here in the Hermitage.

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