THE FIRST WORKER OF THE VILLAGE

‘Horse Yard’ exposition, Kolomenskoye

19 September 2017 – 3 June 2019

The exhibition is focused on the leading role that the horse plays in the destiny of a Russian. The reference to horses in the culture and everyday life of the Russian people dates back to ancient times. It was used as a draught animal for ploughing as well as animal-powered transport: not any rough battle or cheerful festivity could do without a horse. ‘It is not a ploughman, not a joiner, not a smith and not a carpenter, but it is the first worker of the village!’ people said respectfully about a horse.

   

The historical part of the exhibition represents archaeology, ancient miniatures and engravings, old coins and oven tiles depicting horses.

The exhibition informs a visitor about an aspect of peasants’ estate life inextricably related to a horse as the main helper in the household activities: it is a plougher and a driver, in a word – a breadwinner. You can see unique photos of Kolomenskoye peasants ploughing with the help of horses and occupied in other rural activities that are displayed for the first time. At the exhibition you can also trace how the image of a horse was used in peasants’ house décor, folk art, ceremonies and customs. The tableware was often densely adorned with carved or painted ornaments as well as drawings of horses. Main composition themes decorating distaffs and towels included the daily rotation of the Sun, the tree of life with birds on its branches, female figures and, of course, horses.

At the exhibition you can see a horse harness, a saddle, shaft bows, collars, horseshoes, and shaft bow bells dating back to the XIX – early XX centuries.

The visitors of the exhibition also have a unique opportunity to learn about the ancient occupation of a harness maker, a very rare and almost non-extant trade that still exists in Kolomenskoye.

 

Age category: 3+

Address: building 80-81, 39, prospect Andropova, ‘Kolomenskaya’, ‘Kashirskaya’ underground station

Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday – from 10.00 to 6.00 p.m., closed on Mondays; on Saturdays from 1 April till 29 September – from 11.00 till 7.00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the museum ticket offices from 9.45 a.m. to
5.30 p.m., on Saturdays from 1 April till 29 September – from 10.45 till 6.30 p.m., as well as on the official web-site of the museum.

Full price – 200₽, reduced price – 120₽, special price – 70₽

In order to plan a visit for physically challenged people, please call:
+7 (985) 153-4446

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