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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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"Memory of War" 

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“Science and Society in Bessarabia of the Modern Times” 

(April 30 – October 1, 2010)
The exhibition is organized in partnership with the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, the National Library, and the Museum of Romanian Literature. The exhibition aims to familiarize the public with the history of science in Bessarabia in the modern times. ...


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"Photography and painting by Iurie Raileanu"  

(March 20 – April 10, 2010)
The exhibition brought together photographs and paintings of ecclesiastical and rustic architecture, postcards and leaflets with the representation of the most important monuments from Moldova, as well as calendars – all created by the artist Iurie Raileanu....


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“World through Camera Lens, 3rd Edition” 

(January 27 – February 15, 2010)
The personal exhibition of the Italian photographer Pietro Pensa present 57 works, which reflect the beauty of Italian nature, majestic mountain landscapes of the Alps and Apennines as well as the inimitable nature of Sicily. There are also presented a number of photographs dedicated the Capriana Monastery in the Republic of Moldova....


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“The Lost World of Old Europe. The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC” 

(November 11, 2009 – April 25, 2010)
The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova participates in the international exhibition “The Lost World of Old Europe. The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC” organized in New York, USA....


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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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