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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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Chronological Axis


Aeneolithic Age

(late 5th millennium B.C. - early 3rd millennium B.C.)

The archaeological collections related to this period are the most representative ones. The development of material and spiritual culture testifies to the existence of different communities of farmers and nomadic cattle-breeders. Representatives of the Cucuteni-Tripolye culture inhabited the vast territory from the Carpathians to Dnieper for about 1,500 years (late 5th millennium B.C. – early 3rd millennium B.C.).

In the territory of the Republic of Moldova there are known more than 600 settlements of farmers, some of which were archaeologically investigated: Floresti, Rogojeni, Rusestii Noi, Radulenii Vechi, Petreni, Varvareuca, Brinzeni, etc. At this time there were first produced metal (copper) items. Tools made of bone and stone are predominant.  The earthenware collection is remarkable for the variety of vessels decorated with carving or painted in diverse ornamental styles. The ornamental compositions contain cosmologic scenes, astral symbols, fantastic animals, and anthropomorphic deities. The spiritual life of the communities is represented by an impressive collection of zoo- and anthropomorphic figurines.

At the same time in the south of the Prut-Dniester area there was spread the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture represented by an impressive material.

Cattle-breeding tribes from North-Pontic steppes, which are represented here by the archaeological monuments of the Suvorovo-Novodanilovca and Cernavoda type, played an important part in the history of Aeneolithic communities. The stages of transition from the Aeneolithic to the Bronze Age in the Prut-Dniester area are represented by the archaeological cultures like the Brinzeni, Gordinesti, and Usatovo ones, which have harmoniously combined elements of the Cucuteni civilization and features of the cultures of the North-Pontic cattle-breeders identified with the ancient Indo-Europeans.

1.Vessel, the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture
 
1.Vessel, the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
2.Vessel, the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture
 
2.Vessel, the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
3.Female figurine of “Orante” type, the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture
 
3.Female figurine of “Orante” type, the Bolgrad-Aldeni culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
4.Painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
4.Painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
5.Head of anthropomorphic figurine representing a slipping female deity, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
5.Head of anthropomorphic figurine representing a slipping female deity, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
6.Anthropomorphic top of lid representing male deity, the Early or the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
6.Anthropomorphic top of lid representing male deity, the Early or the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
7. Female figurine sitting on the zoomorphic “throne”, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
7.	Female figurine sitting on the zoomorphic “throne”, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
8.Female figurine, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
8.Female figurine, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
9.Stemmed “fruit dish” vessel with lid, with incised and excised decoration, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
9.Stemmed “fruit dish” vessel with lid, with incised and excised decoration, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
10.Stemmed “fruit dish” vessel with incised and excised decoration, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
10.Stemmed “fruit dish” vessel with incised and excised decoration, the Early Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
11.Stemmed “fruit dish” vessel with painted design, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
11.Stemmed “fruit dish” vessel with painted design, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
12.Painted anthropomorphic amphora with lid, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
12.Painted anthropomorphic amphora with lid, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
13.Painted amphora with representation of the Great Goddess possessing animals, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
13.Painted amphora with representation of the Great Goddess possessing animals, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
14.Female figurine, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
14.Female figurine, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
15.Bowl with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
15.Bowl with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
16.Painted pear-shaped vessel, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
16.Painted pear-shaped vessel, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
17.Painted vessel, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
17.Painted vessel, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
18.Female figurines, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
18.Female figurines, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
19.Female figurines, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
19.Female figurines, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
20.Painted amphora, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
20.Painted amphora, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
21. Copper items, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
21. Copper items, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
22. Painted dishes and bowls, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
22. Painted dishes and bowls, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
23.Painted vessels, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
23.Painted vessels, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
24.Binocular vessel, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
24.Binocular vessel, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
25.Figurine of a bull, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
25.Figurine of a bull, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
26. Painted vessels: lidded anthropomorphic amphora representing a female deity and bowl, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
26. Painted vessels: lidded anthropomorphic amphora representing a female deity and bowl, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
27. Binocular vessel, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
27. Binocular vessel, the Middle Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
28. Fragment of design of a painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
28. Fragment of design of a painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture - Aeneolithic Age
 
29.Fragment of design of a painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
29.Fragment of design of a painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
30. Fragment of design of a painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
30. Fragment of design of a painted amphora with zoomorphic representations, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
31.Fragment of design of a painted amphora with the scene of a ritual dance, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
31.Fragment of design of a painted amphora with the scene of a ritual dance, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
32.Copper axe, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
32.Copper axe, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 
33. Bone daggers, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture
 
33. Bone daggers, the Late Cucuteni-Tripolye culture  - Aeneolithic Age
 








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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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