Freer|Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art
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Washington, DC 20560
The first U.S. exhibition devoted entirely to the nomadic culture of ancient Kazakhstan makes its Washington, D.C., debut Aug. 11 at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
“Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” on view through Nov. 12, dispels the notion that nomadic societies were less developed than sedentary ones. More than 150 objects of gold, horn, precious gems, and organic materials, most excavated within the past 15 years, from four major national museums in Kazakhstan reveal a powerful and highly sophisticated culture with strategic migratory routes and active networks of communication and exchange.
This exhibition has been organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in collaboration with the Central State Museum, the Presidential Center of Culture, the A. Kh. Margulan Institute of Archaeology, the Museum of Archaeology, and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakshtan to the United States. The exhibition was made possible through the support of the Leon Levy Foundation.