Catalogue "Treasures of Westarn Armenia"



Now is available in the book kiosk in the foyer of the museum. Buying this album you will help the Museum to obtain two objects (Armenian male belts) for the Armenia collection of the Russian museum of Ethnography!


Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation

Russian Museum of Ethnography

Armenian Jewellers Foundation

After almost a century, Alexander Miller’s collection of artifacts from Western Armenia from 1916 was exhibited and presented as an album-catalogue to the public in his hometown Saint Petersburg during an official ceremony held at the Museum of Ethnography on April 27, 2015. The collection includes 223 objects, the vast majority of which are man, woman and child costume esemble elements.

The exhibited items  are also  ilusstrated in a the joint publication  of the Russian Museum of Ethnography. The Expedition’s team meticulously documented the daily lives of ordinary Armenians, especially in the region of Van, through their material culture. This collection, which was literally stored away for almost 100 years, now affords us a kaleidoscopic view of the cultural heritage of the indigenous people of Western Armenia, who developed the crafts of their civilization over several millennia.