Neues Museum - Margiana. A Bronze Age Kingdom in Turkmenistan

Margiana – around 4,000 years ago, this historic landscape in eastern Turkmenistan was the cradle of a fascinating and sophisticated Bronze Age culture. Contemporary with the civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, it has nevertheless remained relatively unknown in the West. Now for the first time outside Turkmenistan, a major exhibition at Berlins Neues Museum will make the archaeological remains of this mysterious culture accessible to a wide public. The distinguished German photographer, Herlinde Koelbl, was asked to photograph the archaeological sites, landscapes, people and exhibits. The result is a fascinating symbiosis of unfamiliar archaeological remains and photo art from a largely unknown country.

Bird of prey figurine from Gonur Tepe, Tomb 3200 at the royal necropolis, late-3rd–mid-2nd century BCE, faience, gold, gypsum (modern); on loan from the Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, Ashgabat © Herlinde Koelbl
Figurine from Gonur Tepe, Tomb 2900 at the royal necropolis, 18th-15th century BCE, stone; on loan from the Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, Ashgabat © Herlinde Koelbl
Gonur Tepe, reconstructed area of the Palace, ‘audience halls’ © Herlinde Koelbl

Gonur Tepe, reconstruction of Tomb 3900 at the royal necropolis © Herlinde Koelbl

Start date: April 25, 2018
End date: October 7, 2018
Address: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
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