Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (SMITHERY and JEWELLERY)

Created: 2016-03-09 15:43
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Metal items used in traditional households were many, including various knives, tweezers, stirrups, belt buckles, utensils, boxes, tools, and many others. Although blacksmiths constituted a separate profession, in the past many ordinary nomads could do simple smithery on their own, including repairing metal tools, utensils, and other iron hardware.

Kalmyk jewellers traditionally used various metals in their line of work, including iron, silver, gold, and copper. A special mixture consisting of silver, tin, copper, borax, and sulphur was widely used to repair the damaged surface of metal goods. Jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings were richly decorated with both Kalmyk and non-Kalmyk ornaments made of pearls, precious wood, and semiprecious stones such as coral, turquoise, or jasper.
 

Media items

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Media items

Aleksandr Koshevoi, Amulet Box

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Aleksandr displays an old amulet box that he found at the place where the Iki-Chonosovsky temple stood in the past. He relays a story he heard from his grandfather about that...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (SMITHERY and JEWELLERY)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 9 Mar 2016


Nikolai Galushkin, About the Properties of Various Metals

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Nikolai says that metal cools down and hardens. To soften it, the master needs to heat the metal continuously. When struck with a hammer, metal plates change their form and become...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (SMITHERY and JEWELLERY)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 2 Apr 2017


Nikolai Galushkin, About Tools and Instruments

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Nikolai says masters use various tools that have various purposes. Tools should be made from quality materials and honed correctly. Nikolai makes auxiliary tools himself. Tools...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (SMITHERY and JEWELLERY)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 2 Apr 2017


Nikolai Galushkin, How to Make Earrings

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Nikolai explains how to make earrings. First, one should draw a picture, prepare a plate and join the different parts later. The earring in the video is of a triangle shape. Rings...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (SMITHERY and JEWELLERY)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 2 Apr 2017


Nikolai Galushkin, Kalmyk Belt

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Nikolai shows a man’s belt called khavsn byus. It is the most widespread belt both in terms of its shape and composition. Nikolai’s belt is a modern interpretation of the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (SMITHERY and JEWELLERY)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 1 May 2017