Antiquity hall

Statue of Rodoguna. Marble. Old Nisa. 2nd cent. BC

Antiquity hall embrace rich in events and cultures period of history of Turkmenistan from Achemenids time (6-4 BC) up to the first centuries AD. In this exhibition culture of Parthia 2-1 centuries  BC, when it turned into biggest empire of the East and completed with Rome, prevails. The most complete collection of rythons - specific horn-shaped vessels made of ivory with splendid artistic fretwork and a range of other articles. All of them had been found in the vicinity of Ashgabat, during the excavations of Old Nisa - residence of Parthian kings of Arsakids dynasty. Rythons, marble sculptures, silver, golden and bronze articles of Parthian time from Nisa recognized as prominent examples of Parthian art, closely associated with Hellenistic tradition.

In this building one will find different vvaalues from otherr areass of antique Turkmenistan - from Khwaarism (in the north), Kushaanss Empire (allong Amu Darya river) and first of all from Merv - biggest in the hole Central Asia archaeological complex, in the ground of which a great number of various monumeents - from architectural complexes to coins aand miniature gemmas were discovered . Beesidee the hole range  of petty exibits the museum has such rarest works of art, found in Merv, as terracottaa staatuettes of nameless goddesses, which are 2 thouthand years old. 

A rithon from Old Nisa. Ivory. 2nd cent. BC

Fragment of a frieze with Arshakidis coat of arms. Old Nisa. 2nd cent. BC.

Parthian warrior, Fragment of clay statue. Old Nisa. 2nd cent. BC

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