Archaeological Treasury

Museum: Museum of Georgia

Georgian National Museum presents the exhibition “Archaeological Treasury" at Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia. The exhibition showcases examples of early Georgian goldsmiths work, discovered during the archeological excavations that represent the evaluation of Georgian culture from the 3rd millennium BC till 4th century AD.

Visitors have the possibility to observe more than 600 samples of Georgian goldsmiths work: gold and silver jewelry – diadems, head jewelry, temple pendants, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings made of precious stones, gold, silver, and glass vessels as well, small scale sculptures, ritual objects, weapons and etc.

Kurgan Culture (3-2 BC)

Ancient gold and silver objects, jewelry and other ritual items are found in the rich kurgans (burial mounds) of prominent members of society in ancient Kartli, Kakheti, and Trialeti.

"Golden Fleece Colkheti" (8-3 BC)

Colkhetian jewelry (diadems, temple rings, necklaces, bracelets etc.) dating to the 5th-4th centuries BC were found on the territory of the ancient kingdom of Colkheti, known as Colchis or the Land of the Golden Fleece to Greek explorers. Burial mounds of ancient nobles on the sites of Vani and Sairkhe explain why Colkheti was referred to as Golden Fleece land, along with Mikena, Sardi, and Babylon in Greco-Roman sources.

Works by Colkhetian goldsmiths date back to the 8th-6th centuries BC, when gold and silver jewelry reappeared after briefly disappearing from the known record of material culture.

Kingdom of Kartli-Iberia (3rd century BC - 4th century AD)

Examples of the goldsmith craft dating from the 4th-3rd century BC were discovered in a unique Akhalgori treasury in Eastern Georgia. They are thought to have been made for ancient aristocrats living on the territory before the establishment of the Kingdom of Kartli-Iberia.

Stylistically unique, polychromatic Iberian goldsmith works were found in burial mounds of royal family members and local nobles, creating a symbol of the Kingdom's power. Works made locally as well as imported from Iran and Rome are also presented in the collection.

Address: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3, Sh. Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia