Saturday matinee with Genghis Khan

Fernbank Museum of Natural History has an exhibit on Genghis Khan now through January 21, 2013.  If you’re into history, multicultural artifacts, or just something different from your Egyptian mummies, orchid houses, American still life, and pandas, then be sure to visit Fernbank.

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Genghis Khan Monument: One of the monuments to Mongolia’s revered leader, the real bronze statue sits at the entrance to the parliament  building in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, looking down on the Sukhbaatar Square, the city center.

See a close-up of the face here and a side view here. Check out a shield and spears here.

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Click here and here for an imperial sword.

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See a high angle shot of the chess set.

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Ger with furnishings: Wood and felt with replicas and modern Mongolian items.

The ger, or yurt, is a low cylindrical structure made of felt (matted and compressed wool) supported by a wooden accordion-like frame.  Doors and furniture are made of colorfully decorated wood. A hole in the room vents a stove in the center of the room.  One side of the dwelling belongs to the man of the house; his wife, elders, children–and sometimes pets–share the other side.  Today, about one third of the Mongolian population still lives in gers.

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See the front and back of the shaman outfit.

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See more blades here, bow and arrow set here, and a close-up of the daggers above here.

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Helmets!  Horse saddles!

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See a close-up of one of them.

See a side close-up of the figurine.

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Trebuchet! Ancient text! More ancient text and with references to Buddhism! Trinkets! Even more ancient text!

Musical instruments, more musical instruments, man’s clothes, woman’s clothes and then some.

Marco Polo type sword! More tools for slicingCome to court. If this wall could talk.

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Big drum

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I decided not to get the hat; it wasn’t as practical as the sword-grip-handle-umbrella, which you can see on the right side of this photo.

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Check out this National Geographic piece on a lost tomb and an earlier entry I wrote about the Khan.

A google search turned up an article on Genghis Khan the eco-friendly invader.

Andrew Zimmern went to Mongolia on an episode of Bizarre Foods.

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