The Russian Miscellany provides a glimpse of the mosaic of Russia's diverse and complex culture through the lens of its material culture.
What is material culture? Nearly every instance of culture has a material expression. A poem is written in ink on paper; the revolutionary hands out pamphlets on mimeographed paper; the 18th century astronomer gazes through the glass lens of his brass telescope; and craftsmen cast imperial might in the 216 tons of bronze of the Tsar Bell. Looking at the material reality of ideas is a powerful way to understand culture. It makes us ground our analysis in the production of actual examples of culture. Material culture links cultural production to its socioeconomic context, and can lead to new insights.
The needle in which is hidden the soul of Koschei the Deathless
Ivan the Terrible's last game of chess
Daniil Kharms' calabash pipe
Valentina Tereshkova's call sign
Abandoned ships in Kamchatka
The Kremlin stars
Knout - A dreaded whip
Faberge eggs (miniature chair sells for $2.8M)
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