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The exhibition “Do you know this game? Games and toys in Antiquity” has opened

20.05.2014
For the first time the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organizes an exhibition which presents the children’s games and toys in Antiquity. The exposition is part of a programme dedicated to the children, which through the games carries us back to the child’s world in ancient times. The exhibition presents games and toys from the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, many of which are still popular in different parts of the world. Depictions on Attic painted pottery, the texts of the ancient authors as well as the actual toys discovered during excavations: rattles, dolls, knucklebones, and terracotta figurines represent the children’s world and games. On display are exhibits from the depositories of NIAM-BAS as well as from the museums in Sozopol, Nessabar, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv.

Games depicted on ancient Greek vessel will come into life in front of the visitors through a short animation. Balls made of cloth as well as a doll, a horse on wheels; yo-yo and a top, made of wood especially for the exhibition will give the visitors the opportunity to touch some of the toys popular in Antiquity. An entertaining part of the organized educational programme is the replicas of toys made of gypsum which will be painted by the kids. Their works will be displayed on the 1st of June –  Children’s Day. An educational book as well as an intriguing game will engage the children in searching and recognizing toys through the museum cases.

The exhibition “Do you know this game? Games and toys in Antiquity” is part of the celebration of the 145th anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and is organized in partnership with the American Research Center in Sofia.

Curator of the exhibition is Dr. Nataliya Ivanova (Exhibitions Departments, NIAM-BAS). The exposition is realized by a team including Chief Assistant Dr. Petya Penkova (Laboratory for Analyses, Conservations and Restoration, NIAM-BAS), Chief Assistant Dr. Kamen Boyadzhiev (head of the Exhibitions Department, NIAM-BAS), Zdravka Sabotinova (Laboratory for Analyses, Conservations and Restoration, NIAM-BAS) and Chief Assistant Dr. Georgi Ivanov (Department of Thracian Archaeology, NIAM-BAS). The animation is produced by studio Blend. The wooden toys are made by Krasimir Dimitrov, while the gypsum replicas of ancient toys are manufactured by Nikola Kolev.

The exhibition may be visited until August 24th, 2014.


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