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Among the Greek mythological figures, there is a satyr (Ancient Greek: Σάτυρος), also called Silenus, a male spirit of nature and forest, known to be the companion of the gods Pan and Dionysus. Satyrs were imagined as dancing in the fields, drinking wine with Dionysus and chasing maenads and nymphs. According to the descriptions in myths, they had human-like upper part of the body and the horse-like or goat-like legs, and also a long and bushy tail.

Gradually, animalistic features in the image of a satyr recede, their lower limbs become human (legs, not hooves). The satyr Marsyas (Μάρσιας) plays a special role in Greek legends. Sometimes the god Pan is depicted in the guise of a satyr.

The historian Hesiod tells us about their origins, mentioning that satyrs are wine lovers, and legends also claim that it was the satyrs who saved Ariadne (Aριαδνη), the daughter of King Minos from Crete, who was abandoned by her lover Theseus (Θησεύς) on the island of Naxos (Νάξος).

It is believed that satyrs have tremendous strength and endurance, and also love music, and one of their main attributes is the flute. Also among the attributes of satyrs there are the thyrsus, vessels for wine, and wineskins.

The figurine of a satyr from the NMHM collection is unique. It is made of bronze and has a height of 17 cm. The figurine is made in a stylized manner, the character is presented in a standing position, as if he is holding something in his right hand, and his left hand is damaged. The left leg is also not completely preserved. Some researchers consider it to be the handle of a vessel (possibly of a cup). Certainly, the object had a symbolic character.

We assume that this artifact belongs to the period of Classical Greece and dates back to the 4th century BC.

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10-30 November 2011
  In ancient times, large quantities of raw material obtained owing to cattle-breeding and hunting favored the development of bone and horn processing. This work has evolved from a simple home occupation to a true art, the pieces of which are made with great thoroughness, skill, aesthetic sense and artistic taste....


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  The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova in collaboration with the Scientific Archives of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, the Cultural Heritage Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, and the Institute of Zoology of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova organizes the exhibition "From the Past of Chișinău" dedicated to the celebration of the 575th anniversary of the first documentary evidence about Chișinău....


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“Ecclesiastical Flag of Stephen the Great from the Collection of National Museum of History of Romania, Bucharest” 

August 27 - September 10, 2011
The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova presented on 27 August 2011, in the framework of an extraordinary exhibition, a masterpiece from the collection of the National Museum of History of Romania - the ecclesiastical flag of the Stephen the Great....


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"We are Moldova" 

1 August - 10 November 2011
The exhibition "We are Moldova" was organized in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Moldova....


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"Donations and donors. Dorina Raischi’s collection of bells" 

4 - 24 July 2011
The exhibition brought together 135 decorative bells of ceramics, porcelain, glass and metal, which were brought from different meridians of the world and give a brief picture of the universal culture of bells....


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"M. K. Čiurlionis (1875-1911). Reproductions and photographs" 

June 9 – 26, 2011
 The exhibition was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania on the occasion of the 100th anniversary since the death of a famous Lithuanian artist....


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„ORIGAMI – MY LAND” 

May 24 – June 7, 2011
The jubilee exhibition was organized by the Origami Moldova Center in collaboration with the National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova (coordinator: Public Relations Department) on the occasion of International Children's Day....


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"A mapping of old estates" 

May 18th - July 15, 2011
The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the 195th anniversary from the time of creation of the Bessarabian Topographic Commission headed by Colonel S.I. Kornilovich (1816) and covers the chronological period from the late 18th century to the first half of the 19th century. ...


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"Symbol of Dignity" 

April 27 - May 10, 2011
"Symbol of Dignity" is a documentary photo exhibition opened Wednesday, April 27, at the National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova on the occasion of the Day of State Flag, the main official symbol of sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Moldova....


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#Exhibit of the Month

Among the Greek mythological figures, there is a satyr (Ancient Greek: Σάτυρος), also called Silenus, a male spirit of nature and forest, known to be the companion of the gods Pan and Dionysus. Satyrs were imagined as dancing in the fields, drinking wine with Dionysus and chasing maenads and nymphs. According to the descriptions in myths, they had human-like upper part of the body and the horse-like or goat-like legs, and also a long and bushy tail. Gradually, animalistic features in the image of a satyr recede, their lower limbs become human (legs, not hooves). The satyr Marsyas (Μάρσιας) plays a special role in Greek legends. Sometimes the god Pan is depicted in the guise of a satyr...

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