As it has approximately 2,000 archaeological objects in its collection, Rezan Has Museum opened a unique and special exhibition. 1,100 recently restored pieces of Urartian Jewellery went on view to the public at the museum. The exhibition, which is considered one of the most comprehensive in the world, consists of pieces such as jewelleries and belts that sentiment as favour, vanity and wealth. These two main groups of the exhibition are also important pieces in the way that they are the primary elements determining social status for centuries in Urartians.
The exhibition displayed a broad variety of jewellery that belonged to the Urartian Kingdom, a unique civilisation of Anatolia. The collection included pins, rings, earrings, bracelets, fibulas, belts and belt pieces, votive plaques, armbands, neck collars, necklaces, hair spirals and pectorals which are belonged to the mid-ninth century B.C.E.
There is also an interactive screen located in the Museum through which, collection catalogues and artefact photographs can observed in a detailed way. The screen also provides fun puzzles and matching games.
3D film revitalizes an Urartian citadel is also worth to watch.
Rezan Has Museum The Urartian Jewellery Collection Documentation, Examination and Conservation.
Bronze bracelet of which both two ends terminate as dragon heads.
Calf-Headed bronze bracelet.
Rings and earring attached to dragon-headed bronze bracelet.
Snake-headed bronze bracelet.
Bronze clamped bracelet.
Ribbed bracelet. Bronze and gold plating.
Fruit-Headed bracelet. Silver.
Boat-Shaped earrings. Bronze.
Bronze earrings with a plain body and round cross-section. A wire is wound round the body of the earring. One tip is bent backwards and forms a loop while the other is gets into this tip.
Earrings with pendulum. Golden.
Earrings with pendulum. Silver.
Plain ring-shaped earring group with overlapping ends. Bronze.
Plain hair spiral. Hair spirals have overlapping ends. Their sizes are similar to the sizes of rings or slightly bigger. However, they differ from rings by their open ends. Urartian hair spirals can be divided into plain, decorated or attached types. They are mostly made of gold, silver and bronze and are made by forging. Hair spirals might have been used in order to make curls or adorn hair ends, like modern curlers.
Plain hair spiral. Silver.
Silver hair spiral with the end of the spiral is made with a thinner wire. Cross-section is round in shape. One end has a coil and it terminates with a flat volute.
Bronze fibula with triangular decorated body. Two earrings are attached to the body.
Fibula with triangular plain body. Bronze.
Fibula with bow-shaped body. Bronze.
Snake-Headed ring. Silver.
Bronze ring with blunt ends has a flat cross-section.
Plain loop-shaped ring. Golden.
Dragon-headed ring. Silver.
A group of bronze rings.
Open Ended Snake-Headed Neck Ring. Silver. The plain end is thinner. The body gets thicker towards the snake-headed end. The head of the snake has a blunt end and its back is crisscrossed resembling a herringbone pattern. The inner and side parts of the same area are decorated with dots resembling snakeskin.
Plain Heel-Shaped Headed Pin. Silver and golden.
Dome-shaped crowned pin. Bronze.
Bronze amulet in the form of a dragon/snake head.
Spiral-shaped dragon-headed armband. Bronze.
Dragon-shaped armband with overlapping end. Bronze.
3D animation film installed within the Rezan Has Museum "Urartian Jewellery Collection" exhibition.
Advisor: Ass.Prof. Rafet Çavuşoğlu
Coordinator: Zeynep Çulha
Restorers: Mehmet Ayrancı, Irmak Güneş Yüceil, Dilek Dil
Photography: Reyhan Ekşi