Ukrainian Treasures on Display at Museum of Natural Science
On tour for the first time in the United States at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the exhibit “ДРЕВНЯ УКРАЇНА (Ancient Ukraine) - Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations” until September 5.
Ukraine is home to some of the world’s oldest and greatest civilizations and cultural treasures from every era are on display, dating back 6,000 years.
Ukraine was a land of ancient trade routes for millenia. It features some of the richest soil in the world and since the dawn of agriculture has been a breadbasket for Europe and Asia. It was the birthplace of Russian culture centered in medieval Kiev. View these artifacts, many of which have never been on public display even in Ukraine, for a true sense of life in an exceptionally significant historical civilization.
The earliest artifacts date to 5,000 BC with sculptures, pottery and religious symbols from the Trypilian culture, the first recorded peoples who inhabited the Ukrainian steppe. Then move forward to the 7th to 3rd centuries BC with pieces from the Scythians, who opened the area to commerce, particularly with ancient Greece. As we get into the Hellenistic period there are displays of stunning jewelry, bronze sculptures and art.
The Roman Empire’s influence reached Ukraine by the 1st century BC, which would morph into the Byzantine era all the way up to the 13th century. You will see Roman relics, the earliest pieces from Slavic Kyivan Rus, and some of the earliest Orthodox Christian artifacts.
The second part of the exhibition picks up where the first part ends, around the beginning of the second millennium A.D. On display is a superb collection of 77 icons and religious regalia drawn from the collections of the Kyiv-Pechersk National Historical and Cultural Preserve and the Lviv National Museum.
Ukraine played a pivotal role in the adoption of Orthodox Christianity throughout eastern Slavic lands. In the 10th century, Grand Prince Volodomyr formally declared his realm, the Kyivan Rus’, a Christian land. Since these early days, artists developed their own Ukrainian iconography, incorporating local folk traditions.
This exhibit is presented by the Foundation for International Arts & Education of Bethesda, Maryland in cooperation with the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council and with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
Tickets range are $12 for seniors and children and $18 for adults.