Rurik who build Russia

Dmitry Klimenko2014

The Sand Museum

The Sand Museum
Fukube-cho, Yuyama 2083-17, Japan

According to Russia's Primary Chronicle ("Tale of Bygone Years"), in the 9th century Rurik and two of his brothers crossed the Baltic Sea to Northern Russia, where Rurik became ruler of the city of Novgorod. After Rurik's death, his successors Oleg and Igor extended the family's control south to the middle reaches of the Dnieper River. Several East Slavic tribes had already established a community there, but Oleg and Igor took over rule and founded the federation of Kievan Rus'. This legend is one of the founding legends of Russia that have been passed on to modern times. The sculpture depicts the moment when Rurik landed on the shores of a river after sailing upstream and is welcomed by the local people.


  • Title: Rurik who build Russia
  • Creator: Dmitry Klimenko
  • Creator Nationality: Russia
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Date: 2014
  • Physical Location: Tottori City, Japan
  • Provenance: THE SAND MUSEUM
  • Type: Sand Sculpture
  • External Link: http://www.sand-museum.jp/
  • 作品解説 / Object Note (Japanese): ロシア原初年代記(過ぎし年月の物語)によれば、9世紀頃、リューリクをはじめとする3人の兄弟がバルト海を渡り北ロシアへやってきて、ノブゴロドの街を統治した。やがてリューリクの死後、一族はオレーグとイーゴリを中心にドニエプル川中流域まで南下する。その地域には東スラブ諸種族が共同体を形成していたが、オレーグとイーゴリによって統治され、キエフ大公国がつくられた。現在に伝わる建国伝説の一つである。作品は、リューリクが川をさかのぼって上陸し、その土地の人々に受け入れられるシーンを表現している。
  • 作品タイトル / Object Title (Japanese): リューリク~建国のヒーロー~

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