Muscovites to be shown “imported” archaeological findings of the “My Street” programme

Muscovites to be shown “imported” archaeological findings of the “My Street” programme
The Museum of Moscow is opening a capsule exhibition, “Europeans in Moscow,” which will display artifacts of western origin. Some of them were found during the recent redevelopment of city streets.

The exhibition “Europeans in Moscow” opens in the Museum of Moscow on 22 September. It will be launched as part of the exhibition “Tverskaya Street and More,” which is dedicated to the discoveries of the “My Street” programme.

Muscovites will be shown about 30 rare items that were made in Western Europe. They include artifacts from the museum funds and those that archaeologists found quite recently.

For example, during city redevelopment work, experts discovered fragments of “Rhine stoneware” vessels (pottery made from a very solid, rock-hard clay mixture, feldspar and quartz) from 17th–19th century Germany, a porcelain figurine “A Woman Holding a Baby” of the second half of the 19th century, a German ceramic garden lamp from the turn of the 20th century and much more.

The Museum explained that “the 19th century German garden lamp, which has not yet passed through restorers’ hands, is decorated with embossed figures of Europeans in medieval costumes who are reading, celebrating or playing musical instruments.”

In addition, visitors of the exhibition will see artifacts found on the grounds of the Kitai-Gorod area back in the 1990s. According to the Museum, one of the most exclusive items is a 17th century glass bottle ornamented in the Venetian filigree style. It is in surprisingly good condition. The exhibits also include a brass signal horn with a Gothic inscription (Germany, 18th–19th century), lead trade seals (West Europe, 17th–19th century) and a bottle with an inscription in the Balsam stamp (Germany, 19th century).

Findings associated with the life of foreigners in Moscow are also being displayed at the exhibition, “Tverskaya Street and More.” “There are Dutch smoking pipes, vessels of various applications, fashionable buckles for shoes and hats that Muscovites started wearing in the 18th century in the European tradition. Seventeenth century German tombstones on Mytnaya Street are also associated with the traditions of Europeans who lived in Moscow,” Museum of Moscow reported.

Note that imitations of Western models were also found among the “European” artifacts of “My Street.” Thus, archaeologists discovered the neck of a glass bottle with a London stamp which turned to be a 19th century Polish fake.

The new exhibition opens at 5:30 pm on 22 September as part of the European Heritage Days celebrations. The archaeological capsule exhibition “Europeans in Moscow” is the next stage of a joint exhibition project of the Museum of Moscow and the Department of Cultural Heritage, the Museum reported.

The exhibition will last until 16 October. A full ticket costs 100 roubles and a reduced fare ticket 50 roubles. The temporary exhibition, like the Museum of Moscow main rooms, will be open to visitors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 8 p m and on Thursdays from 11 am until 9 pm

Photographs of the main artifacts discovered during redevelopment are displayed online on the open data web portal.

Full information about the “My Street” programme is available on the special project.