Russian culture

Ethnographical Museum

The Ethnographical Museum

Old Man. Late 19th century Moss, fir cones. 24×8 cm Troitskoye district, Viatka prov­ince. Collected by L. Kostikov

The Ethnographical Museum of the Peoples of the USSR

Peasant art is characterized by a great decorative power, elegance of colour, structural simplicity and ornamental ingenuity. The Ethnographical Museum of the Peoples of the USSR is the central museum of its kind in the Soviet Union, a veritable treasury of folk culture and art.

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Russian distaffs

Russian distaffs

Painted distaff. Base and lower part, details of painted de­coration. 1883. The North Dvina. Archangel region.

Russian distaffs

Russian distaffs occupy a peculiar position among the objects of folk art. It would be difficult to name any other tool used in a peasant household on which more loving care was lavished, to make its shape as perfect, and its decoration as beautiful as possible. People’s imagination has created a variety of shapes for the distaff. There is the monumental spade-like tool, the petal-shaped one on a slender figured leg, and the distaff in the form of a tower, resertibling some graceful work of architectural fancy.

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Winner of beauty contest Miss Russia 2017 Polina Popova

Winner of beauty contest Miss Russia 2017 Polina Popova

Winner of beauty contest Miss Russia 2017 Polina Popova

Winner of beauty contest Miss Russia 2017 Polina Popova

As RIA Novosti reported, representative of Sverdlovsk region Polina Popova became “Miss Russia-2017”. Accordingly, the second place took Moscow resident Ksenia Alexandrova, and the third became a representative of Bashkiria Albina Akhtyamova.
Traditionally, the winner was awarded a crown of white gold, encrusted with pearls and diamonds, a car and three million rubles. In addition, Polina Popova received the opportunity to represent Russia at the international beauty contests – Miss World and Miss Universe. Polina is 21 years old. She likes to play tennis and cook, and also learns Chinese. Her favorite literary work is “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, and likes such films as “Pretty Woman”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Let’s Dance”.
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Vladivostok

Vladivostok

4 Saratovskaya St. The Military Department building. Early 20th century. Photos by A. Mvalk.

Vladivostok is one of the largest cities in the Far East of Russia. It is the capital of Primorsky Krai. Rising from the sea coast and spreading on surrounding hills, Vladivostok seaport is situated in the southern part of picturesque Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula. There are about 620,000 people living in Vladivostok today.
There are a great variety of architectural styles in downtown Numerous museums reflect Russian culture. Culture of the modern Russian family can be learned during home visits and home stays in local families arranged by tourist agencies. It is also a good opportunity to try home-made Russian food. Visits to dachas (a kind of summer cottage that many Russians own) is another possibility to get acquainted with Russian life style.

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Dymkovo toys

Dymkovo toys

Nina Bornyakova. Teacher. 1979. 32X23X X17 cm. The Bussian Museum, Leningrad

Dymkovo toys

The descriptions of the festival in the local press of the 19th century show its transformation from a calendar rite to a merry celebration with a fair and entertainments where a lot of children delightedly and enthusiastically played with toy whistles. The change in the mode of the festivity brought about new forms and subjects of Dymkovo toys. Though the earliest figures to be found in museums date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their analysis in combination with the information of the local press give an idea of what the craft had been like during the whole of the 19th century, e. g. the character of toys, the subjects, the output, etc.

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Church of the intercession

Church of the intercession

The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. View from north-west

Architecture and decorative sculpture of the 12th century Church of the intercession on the Nerl

The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, like the Lay of Igor’s Host and Andrei Rublev’s icons, is one of the greatest creations of early Russian artistic genius. For eight centuries it stood on the Suzdal land, a small white island amid luscious green water meadows. The church is in harmony with the mood of the surrounding countryside and seems to be an integral part of it rather than a creation of a man.

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Modern articles of Altai masters

Modern articles of Altai masters

Modern articles of Altai masters

Modern articles of Altai masters

And again the stone, as in old times, is beginning to play an evident part in decorating towns and recreation places of Altai.
Stone fountains with “floating” spheres, stelae decorated with vases, decorative spheres on staircases perfectly enter town landscapes. They become indisputable memorials of both history and culture in those places which are one way or another connected with stonecutting business in Altai.

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Rostov Veliky

Rostov Veliky

Church of the Ascension or St Isidore the Blessed. 1566. The church was erected on the orders of Ivan the Terrible. The name of the master who built it was Andrei Maloy. In the foreground are the town ramparts (1632) erected by the Dutch engineer Jan Cornelius Rodenburg

Rostov Veliky

Rostov the Great (Veliky) is one of the oldest Russian towns. It is first mentioned in “The Tale of Bygone Years” with other Russian towns under the year 862. In fact, however, Rostov was founded much earlier. The first human settlements on this spot appeared in the Stone Age, the Neolithic period.
The town is conveniently situated on the shore of large Lake Nero into which several small rivers and streams run. The Kotorosl, which flows out of the lake and eventually into the Volga, links Rostov with this great Russian river.

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