12.03.20 - 15.11.20

The exhibition «In Forests and Highlands: The Life of the Volga Region Old Believers»

The exhibition predominantly deals with daily and ritual spheres in the life of the Old Believers. Here 250 objects from museum collection are presented.

The exhibition predominantly deals with daily and ritual spheres in the life of the Old Believers. Here 250 objects from museum collection are presented. Visitors will see costumes of nuns, everyday  and festive clothes of girls and young men, married women and men, recreated scenes of  the baptismal  dinner, gatherings in convent, works in turner workshop and book store. Several compositions feature the themes of male occupations (spoon making and cooperage, fishing and trade) and women hand works (lace making, golden embroidery, etc.)  Important place is also given to the attributes of the Old Believers’ and Orthodox traditions: rosaries made and ornamented in various techniques, copper cast crosses and icons and handwritten books. 

Much of the aforementioned is known in utmost detail, due to investigations of P.I.Mel’nikov Pechersky an officer on special duty. Gradually surpassing official’s tasks, his personal interest in the investigated environment permitted him to study and evaluate in depth the culture of Old Believers as the keepers of ancient traditions of the Russian people for future generations.  Therefore, the fragments from the novels of P.I.Mel’nikov Pechersky “In forests” and “In highlands” are presented on the exhibition. Quotations are a sort of documents conserving the authentic life atmosphere of the Nizhniy Novgorod Old Believers in the middle XIX century and help to feel the specifics of their language and style of their relations.  

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