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The exposed object, an "askos" type ceramic vessel, comes from the tumulus necropolis near the village of Ciumai, Taraclia district. The vessel was discovered in 2015 in a cenotaph tomb attributed to the Jamnaja culture, dated to the early Bronze Age (ca. 3300-2600 BC).

The vessel, with an obviously asymmetrical configuration, is hand-moulded from quality clay paste, having a smooth brown surface with gray spots. The body of the vessel is provided with a pronounced protrusion and a truncated neck with a wider opening towards the mouth. The vessel has a stem and is ornamented with three pairs of symmetrically placed relief appliqués. The height of the bowl is 15.5 cm, the diameter of the mouth is 11.4 cm, the diameter of the body is 15 cm and the diameter of the base is 7.5 cm. Such vessels in the archaeological literature are known as "askos" vessels, the respective term being of ancient Greek origin, denoting one of the primitive containers of the period - the bellows made of animal skin.

In prehistoric times, among some peoples, the bellows was transposed into ceramics, in these cases the basic features of the archaic leather vessel were preserved, acquiring a prominent convex shape with a stem and a flat bottom. From the original appearance of the bellows, the asymmetric mouth corresponding to the animal's neck has been preserved, and sometimes three or four legs, corresponding to the appendages of the flayed skin from the animal's legs. These vessels have lost their original zoomorphic character, entering as a new form in the inventory of Neo-Eneolithic ceramics. The first vessels of this type are attested in Greece, in the early Neolithic (ca. 5000-4500 BC) having the shape of cups or cups. In the Neo-Eneolithic Carpatho-Balkan cultures, the type of Aegean askos of short or tall form, with or without legs and with a handle, is found. Less often, they are provided with two mouths (one for filling and one for emptying) or they are off-center and provided with strangely shaped mouths. In the space between the Carpathians and the Dnieper, only tall forms of simple askos, without zoomorphic elements, are known. Askos-type vessels are present in various prehistoric cultures, especially in Southeast Europe and Anatolia.

Being often discovered in association with cult inventory, askos vessels could be an important indicator of use in religious ritual practices. Along with the zoomorphic, anthropomorphic and rhyton-type vessels (roughly conical container from which, in some ceremonies, liquids were drunk or poured), the askos were included in the category of vessels intended for worship, being related to libations (ritual act that consisted of tasting and then pouring a cup of wine, milk, etc. as homage to the deity).

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"Characters"

Exhibition of caricatures by the journalist and caricaturist Anatol Fornea

December 2-17, 2023

People are different, and that's what makes them interesting. The "Characters" exhibition, opened at the National Museum of History of Moldova between December 2 and 17, 2023, represents a series of caricatures that reflect people and situations known in the public environment. Whether they are bearded, with long hair, whether they are gray or young, shy or effervescent, everyone can impress, in their own way, through character. Caricature is a special genre of visual arts, which outlines with thick lines, through accents and hyperbolization, the physical features and morals of people. Character is the set of fundamental psychological-moral attributes of a person, which manifests in his behavior, ideas and actions. In the works you will (re)meet personalities from Moldovan reality, from actors and artists to influencers and politicians. Some of the cartoons were made by the journalist in the column "Portret Matinal" (TELE MATINAL show) from TVR Moldova television station. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to see less pleasant situations in our society, illustrated through a satirical prism.

Anatol Fornea is a caricaturist and journalist and TV presenter from the Republic of Moldova. He was born on July 19, 1998, in Chisinau. He graduated from the Fine Arts School for Children „A. Șciusev", later the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the State University of Moldova (USM). He has a master's degree in Communication Sciences. It debuted in 2018 with the exhibition "Satirising through art", organized in the hall of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences (USM). In 2022, participate in the campaign "I am the influencer of my life" through the series of social cartoons "Prevent teenage pregnancy". Also in 2022, he returns to USM with the exhibition "Alma Mater in colors or to whom I owe who I have arrived", organized in the context of the 76th anniversary of the institution's founding and the Professional Day of Education Workers. He collaborates with the "EcoContact" Association, where he draws several caricatures for an information and awareness campaign on environmental issues.

In 2023, the "Morning Portrait" exhibition opens at the MEDIACOR Center as part of an anniversary event.

Anatol Fornea is a journalist at TVR Moldova, where he works as a presenter and reporter. He is the moderator of the "Colored Dialogues" talk show, a unique media product, where the journalist draws the portrait of the guests during the interviews. During his activity as a reporter, he actively covered the events and staff of the National History Museum of Moldova, a fact that generated a fruitful collaboration with this cultural institution.

The exhibition of caricatures "Characters" can be visited between December 2-17, at the National Museum of History of Moldova, Chisinau, str. 31 August 1989 121A.


 




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#Exhibit of the Month

The exposed object, an "askos" type ceramic vessel, comes from the tumulus necropolis near the village of Ciumai, Taraclia district. The vessel was discovered in 2015 in a cenotaph tomb attributed to the Jamnaja culture, dated to the early Bronze Age (ca. 3300-2600 BC)...

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2024 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2024 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC