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About

The Museum of Oriental Art Moscow
The Museum of Oriental Art Moscow

The Museum of Oriental Art founded in Moscow in October 1918 by decree of the Soviet government is the only museum in the Soviet Union wholly devoted to Eastern art. It is one of the largest centres in which artistic monuments of Asiatic and African peoples are accumulated, preserved, studied and popularized.

The creation of such a museum in Russia was rendered possible by the October Revolu­tion of 1917 which gave real freedom and equal­ity to all nations and ethnic groups of the former Russian Empire. The foundation of the Museum specially devoted to Oriental art was a manifes­tation of the national policy of the young Soviet state-the policy which was based upon Lenin's principles of acknowledging the right of every nation to selfdetermination. It was also a manifestation of a deep respect for the peoples of the East, who had made their invaluable con­tribution to the history of civilization.

The ultimate aim of the Museum's total ac­tivity is to present a panorama of the classical artistic legacy of the East, the contemporary art of the Soviet Eastern nations and the modern art of the foreign East to the public at large and thus, in the long run, to contribute to the under­standing and mutual trust between different na­tions.

Uzbekistan

Tajikistan

Turkmenia

Kirghizia

Kazakhstan

The Caucasus

Transcaucasia

East Asia

Central Asia

South-East Asia

South Asia

The Near East

The Middle East

Africa

Introduction by

Natalia Sychova

Texts and notes by

Natalia Chukina, Evelina Ganevskaya,

Natalia Kanevskaya, Nina Karpova, Marianna Miasina,

Nina Ozhegova, Tatiana Shanditseva and Irina Vlasova

Translated from the Russian by Ashkhen Mikoyan

Designed by Alexander Sverdlov

Photography by Anatoly Sapronenkov

©Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1988

Printed and bound in the German Democratic Republic

4903010000-620

023(01)-88

ISBN 5-7300-0096-0

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