Director’s Scout Trip Diary – State Historical Museum, Moscow

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 | No Comments

Director Victor Kushmaniuk and Executive Producer Robert Lang were recently in Moscow to scout several stories surrounding objects at the State Historical Museum for an upcoming episode on Season 3.

Check out two remarkable objects – unique armour and decorative arts – that point to notable cultural phenomenon in Victor’s photo diary.

There is so much to see at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
Here’s just a tiny sample of two objects that caught our attention:

WINGED HUSSARS ARMOUR COLLECTION

This fascinating armour once belonged to Europe’s most elite and lethal warriors – the Polish Winged Hussars: a heavy cavalry raised from the Polish nobility.

LOCATION: State Historical Museum, Moscow.

WHAT MAKES IT REMARKABLE?
The collection is one of the best preserved in the world. The wings on the armour are original! The huge ‘wings’ were a wooden frame carrying usually eagle, but sometimes ostrich, swan or goose feathers. For the better part of two centuries (16th to 18th centuries) these heavy troopers continuously annihilated battled-tested armies many times their size, with nothing more than a hard charge spearheaded with a huge 19-foot lance and a set of distinctive wings attached to their armour.

IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGG REPLICA

The Imperial Fabergé Egg in the foreground is a replica, and behind it is a photo of Czar Nicholas’s youngest daughter, Anastasia.

LOCATION: Inside the gift shop at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.

WHAT MAKES IT REMARKABLE?
Although the Museum doesn’t possess any original Imperial Fabergé eggs, they’re such an iconic symbol of pre-revolution Russia. I once read that a single Imperial Egg was worth so much money that it could have fed thousands of Russians for an entire year. Although the eggs are true pieces of expert craftsmanship and art they items belie the terrible disparity between the wealth of the Russian royal family and the millions who were suffering. Apparently when the Bolsheviks raided the royal chambers they were impressed with the beauty of the Eggs yet repulsed by their extravagance.