National museum showcases horse culture from Hun Empire until today

2016-07-06 14:55:31

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ “Mongolian horse heritage and culture” exhibition opened today (July 6) at the National Museum of Mongolia. The exhibition boasts more than a hundred artifacts, showcasing history of horse culture, origins, designation and instructions to instruments, unique styles of ceremonial saddles and bridles.

Among the treasuries are a horse head from 2,000 years ago, saddle and other accessories found in Buutsagaan soum of Bayankhongor province, which have been enlisted as the explicit cultural heritage, and horse accessories dating back to late 19th-early 20th centuries.

Instruments and gears used by the nomadic nations in the animal husbandry have been under constant process of sophistication for many centuries. Gears such as bridles, halters, saddles, hobbles, cruppers, whips, collars, scrapers and brushes, are used while accessorizing horses. Great number of horse gears, namely, silver and bone bits, rings of the bits made of animal bones, breast straps, bronze-studded saddles and accessories are found in tombs of Hun Empire.

The most ancient evidence of Mongolians’ use of bridles and saddles date back to the establishment of Hun Empire, which celebrates the 2225th anniversary this year.

The exhibition will last until September 4, 2016. 

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