Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosted the "Genghis Khan and his Heirs, The Great Mongolian Empire" exhibition between December 7, 2006 and April 8, 2007.
The exhibition, jointly organized by the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland-Bonn, the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde-Munich, the Kunsthistorisches Museum-Vienna, the federal state of lower Austria, the BMBWK and Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum and sponsored by Garanti Bank, brought together 600 pieces, some of which were seen by the public for the first time, from major museums in Europe, Mongolia and Turkey. In conjunction with the exhibition a programme of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops for children and adults was conducted.
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Great Mongol Empire, the largest and most powerful that history has ever known.
Forged by nomadic people, within a century this world empire had expanded to stretch from the shores of the Pacific Ocean, across the steppe lands of Iran and Russia to the plains of Hungary.
Not all these qualities can be attributed to a single man, the empire’s founder Genghis Khan. Nevertheless, it was he who created the first sparks of this fire that began on the steppes of Central Asia at the beginning of the 13th century and blazed across the greater part of the world. His successors developed the state-building project whose outlines he had drawn, and extended it to the far-flung corners of the world.
The Great Mongol Empire enjoyed its golden age in the 13th and 14th centuries, as it spread from the Pacific seaboard to Central Europe, leaving lasting traces on every people and culture with which it came in contact. The Mongols were not only outstanding warriors, but superb administrators of the lands and peoples they ruled. An efficient system of government, measures to encourage trade, an advanced communications and transportation system, and cultural and religious tolerance were the building stones of the Pax Mongolica. The extensive commerce and exchange of thought and culture between Asia and Europe that resulted continued until the 16th century.
Guanyin figurinelightBox Icon
Stone figure with inscriptionslightBox Icon
Yoke ornament in the shape of a crouched female deerlightBox Icon
Bell ornament in the shape of an argalilightBox Icon
Glazed tile with a cavalry manlightBox Icon
Portrait of Emperor Taizu (Genghis Khan)lightBox Icon
Rattle horse with a saddlelightBox Icon
Four different workshops organized for the children aged 5-7, 8-11, 12-14 and 15+ are as follows:
Prepare your own paiza!
A stroll in the steppes
Listen to the music of the steppes
Puzzles in the Mongolian Empire
Let’s be nomads
Surprise of the steppes: Surprise workshops
Make your own stamp
This is our Great Law!
10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
11:00-13:30 and 14:30-17:00
Genghis Khan And His Heirs The Great Mongol Empire Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, is hosting the exhibition “Genghis Khan and his Heirs: The Great Mongol Empire”, on the 800th anniversary of the founding of The Great Mongol Empire.
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