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Altar shrine with Buddhist sculpture
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This object is one of the first religious items collected by the Kalmyks. The Kalmyks are the only ethnic group of the western Mongolian region in Eastern Europe and also the only self-contained community with Buddhist religion in Europe. In its connection with the other parts of the churrul collection is a very rare document of the culture and the Buddhist religion of the Kalmyks.

History of the Object
H. A. Zwck collected the group of about 105 objects between 1825 and 1836 near Sarepta. His collection was visited by Alexander von Humboldt. He made a station in Sarepta during his journey through several areas of Russia. In 1836 H.A. Zwick returned and brought this collection to Germany.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood, textile, colours wood, textile, colours, copper, gold 
Measurements
Width 18 cm. Height 30.5 cm. Length 27 cm.  
Creator name
Kalmyks of southern Russia or Mongolians 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Russia or Mongolia 
Geography
Russia or Mongolia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; before 1830 
Function
Part of a Buddhist altar 
Acquisition
Collected by Heinrich August Zwick, a Moravian which works in Sarepta, a settlement of the Moravians in southern Russia; he sold the complete collection of a churrul in 1839 to the Königliche Porzellan-und Gefäße-Sammlung Dresden (Royal Collection of porcelain and vessels) 
Copyright
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden. Foto: Eva Winkler 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden 
Museum
Museum of Ethnography, Dresden 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden, Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 

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