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Flask of the Great Poet Abai
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This flask can be considered as “sacred” or “talisman” inherited. Firstly, it is valuable because it is an old thing, and secondly, it is the first exhibit of the first museum of Semipalatinsk, thirdly, it belonged to the great Abai. Now this flask takes honorary place in the exhibition of the Hall of history at the National museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

History of the Object
A wooden flask belonged to the great thinker, poet, social activist, founder of Kazakh literature AbaiKunanbayevwho was born in 1845 in the tract Zhidebay, Semipalatinsk province (now the East Kazakhstan region). In 1883 in Semipalatinsk was founded the first “Museum of local lore, history and economy” with the participation of Abai and his friends N.I. Dolgopolov and N. Lobanovsky. In 1885, in order to promote the Kazakh ethnography, he handed the flask to the “Museum of local lore, history and economy”. Abai presented to the museum more than 60 of the most valuable items, including wooden flask (torsyk).

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Type
Other 
Materials
wood(birch), icon 
Measurements
length 32cm / diameter 18cn 
Creator name
 
Creator date
19th Century 
Where it was made
East Kazakhstan 
Geography
Kazakhstan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Torsyk-vessel for drinking 
Acquisition
The Presidential Center of Culture handed over to the National museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2014. 
Copyright
National museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
Acknowledgements
Republic of Kazakhstan 
Owner
 
Museum
National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
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