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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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 On the occasion of the European Heritage Days the National Museum of History of Moldova opened the exhibition "The Magic of the Old Carpet". The even took place on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 15.00...


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 The exhibition proposes to the visitor a reflection on art and creativity of Italian artist Pietro Finelli.The main idea of the exhibition is the dialogue between painting and cinema, life and cinema, especially "Noir" films, and Finelli being fascinated by this classic American movie...


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5 July - 30 September 2018
 The National Museum of History of Moldova hosts a photo-documentary exhibition entitled "In Siberian Shackles. Bessarabian children deported by the totalitarian-communist regime during the years 1940-1941 and 1944-1953"...


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21 June - 25 September 2018
 The National Museum of History of Moldova opened on Thursday, June 21st, 2018, at 15.00, the temporary exhibition "Rescued heritage"...


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„Artistic representations on archaeological artifacts” 

June 7 – September 7, 2018
 Throughout its evolution, mankind has not once demonstrated that, besides the effort for vital survival it was always attracted to spiritual issues, which were often rendered by anthropo- and zoomorphic images...


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„Moldavian Design Week” 

4-10 June 2018
On June 4-10, 2018 was held the first edition of the Moldovan Design Week Festival in Chișinău, an event focusing on product and industrial design, fine arts, furniture, graphics, fashion, architecture and interior design...


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„Centenary of Great Romania” 

March 27 - June 30, 2018
 On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Great Union, the National Museum of History of Moldova (Chişinău), the Museum of Bucovina (Suceava) and the National Museum of the Union (Alba Iulia) organized on March 27, 2018, at 18.30, a triplex event made between Chişinău, Suceava and Alba Iulia broadcasted live...


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„The Great Union. From Victory in World War I to the Coronation of the Great Romanian Sovereigns” 

March 23 - April 14, 2018
 The Cotroceni National Museum, in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute "Mihai Eminescu" in Chisinau, organized on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 15.00, at the National Museum of History of Moldova, the opening of the exhibition "The Great Union. From Victory in World War I to the Coronation of the Great Romanian Sovereigns"...


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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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