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The item is the lower part of a leg of a festive table made of white and gray marble. In the upper part, it has a protrusion, similar to a Doric capital, on the horizontal platform of which a square recess is engraved, designed to fix the second part of the leg (upper). The lower part of the leg is made in an anthropomorphic style, and, in our opinion, there are two variants of identifying the depicted character. The first involves the image of the head of the young Heracles (Heracles - Ἡρακλῆς) (beardless), the most favorite hero of antiquity, wearing on his head the skin of the Nemean lion - Λέων της Νεμέας, a vicious monster from Greek mythology who lived in Nemea and was eventually killed by Heracles. The first labor of Heracles, of the twelve set by King Eurystheus (his cousin), was to kill the Nemean lion and bring his skin to the king. It is also known from Greek mythology that the lion of Nemea took the form of a beautiful woman in order to seduce the inhabitants of neighboring villages, who wanted to save the girl from danger. Upon entering the cave, a man saw the woman, who usually pretended to be wounded, and rushed to help her. When he approached her, the woman turned into a lion and killed him. Then the lion devoured the man, giving his bones to Hades - ᾍδης, the god of Hell, who lived in the kingdom of shadows. The second version of the anthropomorphic image interpretation suggests Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia in the second half of the 4th century BC, one of the most famous heroes of the Greek world, who sometimes is depicted as Hercules - wearing a lion's skin. Some researchers consider the custom of wearing the skin of a slain lion a sign of royal power. The word βασιλεύς itself, translated from ancient Greek, means "walking the path of the lion", that is, the king. This title was held by the Greek kings from the Homeric period, and later, starting from the 7th century AD - by the Byzantine emperors.

The item can be dated to the 5th-6th centuries AD, and, possibly, it originates from Asia Minor.

It is kept in the collection of the museum for about 10 years. The gray granite stand does not belong to the original item.

Metric characteristics: height 330 mm; width: 112 mm.


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Publications Journal „Tyragetia"   vol. I [XVI], nr. 2

Aspects of interrelation of Christian folk beliefs and funeral ritual of in the Early Middle Ages in central and south-eastern Europe
ISSN 1857-0240
E-ISSN 2537-6330

Aspects of interrelation of Christian folk beliefs and funeral ritual of in the Early Middle Ages in central and south-eastern Europe

Tyragetia, serie nouă, vol. I [XVI], nr. 2, Istorie. Muzeologie Chișinău, 2007

The article examines aspects of interaction and confrontation between Christianity on the one hand and folk beliefs and common traditions on the other. Examples of clashes between Christian doctrine with folk beliefs (customs and superstitions), and the attacks of the former on the latter are offered. Attempts to extirpate these beliefs by verbal exposure, by church decrees, epistles and decretals, other state legislations in the West and East could not solve the problem. Pre-Christian beliefs and ceremonies were still in use at the periphery of the Christian world during the early and late Middle Ages.

Modern ethnographic research confirms the survival of pre-Christian traditions in different spheres of the material and spiritual life of the population of the south-eastern Europe. Conflicting opinions of various scholars (archaeologists, historians, ethnographers, anthropologists and others) concerning the reasons of such a stable and long preservation of pagan beliefs are summarized.

The most vivid signs of the so called “orthodox paganism” are revealed in the funeral rituals and customs of the population in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Funeral rituals by cremation were still in use at the end of the I - beginning of the II millennium in Central and South-Eastern Europe including territories inhabited by Romanized population to the East of the Carpathian Mountains. Opinions explaining such phenomenon by poly-ethnic population to the East of the Carpathian Mountains. Opinions explaining such phenomenon by poly-ethnic structure of the population of the Carpathian region during the early Middle Ages are refuted. A comprehensive analysis reveals a presence of insignificant share of heterogeneous elements in the material culture and also certain stabilization in the funeral rites by the beginning of the II millennium which is connected with a nearly complete Christianization of populations of the Central and South-Eastern Europe and creation of centralized states and churches.



 

 


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#Exhibit of the Month

The item is the lower part of a leg of a festive table made of white and gray marble. In the upper part, it has a protrusion, similar to a Doric capital, on the horizontal platform of which a square recess is engraved, designed to fix the second part of the leg (upper). The lower part of the leg is made in an anthropomorphic style, and, in our opinion, there are two variants of identifying the depicted character...

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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.
©2006-2022 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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