… Profiting from the decline of the Scythians, they established the beginnings of empire in the northern regions of Mongolia (present-day Buriatia) between 209 BC and AD 93. Numerous groups subsequently migrated to central Europe where they mingled with the Franco-Germanic populations.

The exhibition centres around the prehistory and history of the earliest Hun empire near Lake Baikal and in the Selenga Valley, where excavations have yielded important finds. A hundred or so exhibits weapons, bridle-bits, jewellery, everyday objects reveal the customs and social organisation of this astonishing civilisation. Parallels with present-day craftwork from Buriatia also indicate how old traditions have survived the passage of the centuries.

This publication accompanied an Europalia.Russia exhibition at the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels

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