Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Created: 2015-04-13 12:54
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Traditional utensils do not have much variety, which reflects the simplicity and practicality of the nomadic lifestyle. Materials used are mainly those that are locally available, including skin, wood, metals, and bones. A utensil that stood in the middle of every nomadic yurt was the cast iron kettle, called khyasn, of various volumes and mounted on tripods that were used to cook meals, brew tea, and distil milk vodka. Utensils made of skin can be divided into two types according to their purpose: (1) Utensils used for eating food, and (2) for storing food and beverages. Cups, plates, spoons, containers and furniture were usually made from wood.

Today a complete set of traditional utensils can only be seen in museums. Many old and interesting utensils, especially those passed down the generations, are also kept by Kalmyk families as relics.
 

Media items

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Media items

Aleksandr Koshevoi, Donzhik

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Donzhik is a vessel to keep water and other liquids. Aleksandr displays a donzhik from brass that he made for the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the epos Jangar. The donzhik...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 9 Mar 2016


Alena Lidzhieva, About Traditional Utensils

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A short interview with Alena about utensils that she saw in her childhood.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 12 Jun 2015


Badma Amulakova, A Legend About a Cooking Pot

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Badma recounts a Kalmyk legend about a cooking pot (khyasn).

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 2 Jan 2017


Badma Amulakova, Arkhd

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Badma talks about a bucket called arkhd to keep chigyan (sour milk).

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 2 Jan 2017


Badma Amulakova, Drink Containers Made From Skin

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Badma talks about 3 types of leather containers, including bortkh, tonkh and borv.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 2 Jan 2017


Badma Amulakova, Tulkh (Tripod)

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Badma talks about the hearth in the yurt and relays a legend about a man who carried a heavy tripod on his shoulders.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 2 Jan 2017


Badma Amulakova, Wooden Cups

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Badma says that in the past the Kalmyks did not have many utensils. Neither did they have rich wardrobes.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (UTENSILS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 2 Jan 2017