The Exhibition "Wisdom Transformed into Gold"

03 December 2018
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In the framework of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Georgia, from December 6, the Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition ‘Wisdom Transformed into Gold', supported by the European Union. 

The European Year of Cultural Heritage in Georgia - Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future.

Preserving the past, understanding the reality and the right vision of the future: these are the challenges facing museums, serving as treasuries and homes of learning. Together with the preservation of the cultural heritage, one of the priorities for the Georgian National Museum became the study of the history of technological innovations, revealed by experimental research on the many unique artefacts kept in the Museum's collections. The exhibition presents for the first time to the public the results of experimental research carried out on a unique polychrome artefact from the Museum collection, the Trialeti cup which represents a masterpiece of goldsmith's work dated to the second Millennium BC. Reconstructed ancient technological methods were employed to make goldworking tools and an exact copy of the cup. A film also shows the process of reconstruction of the cup (the author of the project is Ermile Maghradze).

Together with ancient archaeological finds, the exhibition also presents for the first time some gold jewellery of Late Antiquity (2nd-4th century AD), goldsmiths' tools from the Museum's ethnographic collection, and items made from gold and precious metals. These display the accumulated knowledge that continued for centuries on Georgian territory, that was passed on from generation to generation, and that secured a special place for Georgian metalwork within European civilization.

The exhibition ‘Wisdom Transformed into Gold' provides an opportunity for viewers to study the Trialeti cup in details with the help of the visual modern techniques. The Trialeti cup can be seen  in the permanent exhibition of "the Archaeological Treasury."

The exhibition is accompanied by various educational programs for the viewers of every interest and age.

Address: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, Shota Rustaveli Avenue 3.

Photo: Georgian National Museum/ Fernando Javier Urquijo