An exhibition of Georgian minankari has opened in Ashgabat20.05.2023 | 16:20 |
An exhibition of jewelry by Georgian minankari masters has opened in the capital's Museum of Fine Arts. The action was organized by the Embassy of Georgia in Ashgabat and the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan.
The Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan Atageldy Shamuradov opened the event and made a welcoming speech. Noting that Turkmenistan and Georgia are taking important steps to expand fruitful cooperation, he stressed the importance of holding such events as a tool for further intensification of bilateral relations.
Georgian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Konstantin Sabiashvili said in his opening remarks:
"This exhibition is being held in Ashgabat for the first time. Today's event is very important for the development of a broad bilateral dialogue between Georgia and Turkmenistan in the field of culture. The exhibition included the works of nine Georgian masters who continue the development of the ancient art of minankari."
The technique of cloisonne enamel is called minankari in Georgian. The earliest known artifacts date back to the VIII – IX centuries, and the technique itself is borrowed from the masters of ancient Byzantium.
The art of minankari developed in Georgia until the XV century, then disappeared. And a few decades ago, art historians, with the help of enamel masters, revived this craft using preserved documents and artifacts.
The exposition at the Moscow Museum of Fine Arts included unique handmade jewelry — brooches, earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings made in various styles, as well as decorative and applied art objects.
A distinctive feature of Georgian enamel is the use of colors such as marsh and wine, shades of green and red.
The exhibition will continue until May 21.