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The exhibition entitled “Lion and Bull hunt in the Ancient Near East” within the framework of the International Day for Monuments and Sites

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Within the frameworks of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, theme of which is  the ''Heritage of Sport'', ''Erebuni'' Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, in a close collaboration with the ICOMOS/Armenia, is  organizing  an exhibition  entitled  ‘‘Lion and bull hunt in the Ancient Near East’’. The exhibition will represent to its visitors some sport events from the Ancient Near East and scenes which prove the existence of the lion and bull hunt in Urartu.  In  the religious systems of   several regions of  Ancient Near East  lion hunting, sometimes even bull ritual hunting had an important role. These  are  demonstrated not only in the various   scenes of the Ancient Near East iconography, but also in several written sources.

The «institution» of the lion and bull ritual hunting was mostly widespread during  the period of  Middle and New reigns of the  Assyrian  state. Here it was bearing mostly ''royal character''. The lion and bull hunting   was original and unusual competition  and included some sporty elements. In the urartian iconography, there are some   scenes, which can prove   the existence of the ritual hunting in the kingdom of  Van. Such scenes are appeared especially  in the Urartian belts  depicted with trimmings. ''Erebuni'' Historical  &  Archaeological  Museum-Reserve is  one of the unique  institutions, where  archaeological artifacts  with the scenes of  lion and bull hunting   are stored. These are fragments of belts  found from the  Nor Aresh columbarium  and from the Biainili vault.  The opening of the exhibition “Lion and bull hunting in the Ancient Near East” dedicated to the International  day for Monuments and Sites will be in “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve,on April 18, 2016 at 14:00 /Yerevan, Erebuni 38st. /. The exhibition will run untill  May 8, 2016.

 

By the proposal of the International Council on Monuments and Sites /ICOMOS/   since 1983  UNESCO  celebrates April 18 as the International Day  for Monuments and Sites, calling on its state members to contribute to the preservation of the monuments and highlight the importance and problems of heritage protection  in various ways  and  to the  raise social  vigilance  and responsibility towards the heritage conservation.

This  year  ICOMOS  suggested to the heritage guards to come up with the various cultural initiatives within the context of «Heritage of  Sport».