Half of a kingdom for a horseThe new mini-exhibition in the museum “Tula Antiquities”
In the museum and exhibition center “Tula antiquities” the new mini exhibition “Half of a kingdom for a horse started its work. There are represented the author’s ceramics of Elena and Konstantin Kehaidi as well as ceramics of students from Odoev School of Arts.
On the eve of the New Year, during the days of winter solstice, horses became the main heroes of the new exhibition. The exposition presents different kinds of horses: philimonovo – all in stripes, and fantasian - sea horses, Pegasus – all of them are covered with bright summer dyes, calling for spring.
In the ancient times a horse was honored as a symbol of the sun. By a legend, during the days of winter solstice, when the declining sun turns for the summer, the star of day dresses in a holiday sundress, hides its hair under the golden hat and seats on its golden chariot, horsed with the valiant triple of horses-golden, silver and diamond - and turns them to the summer road.
In the mythology a horse was an attribute of highest pagan gods and Christian saints, gods of war, thunder, epic heroes, and divine beings killing the snake. It was a travelling companion of the god-thunderer Peroun, the god-changer of nature seasons Avsenya, the God of fertility Yarilo, and of Christian saints George and Elijah.
Figures of horses decorated houses of our ancestors and the tradition of dressing as a horse was widely spread during the Pan Cacke week, Christmastide and many other holidays such as wedding and burial rites. Horse-worker accompanied the entire life of a man, was humans’ faithful helper in farming.
During the long winter evenings, peasants made clay toys such as birds to bring spring on their wings, and horses, to bring the sun.
The exposition “half of a kingdom for a horse” will work till the end of February 2012. You can also buy works of Odoev craftsmen in the souvenir shop of our museum.