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The Coins of the Huns and Western Turks in Central Asia and India

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  • Edward C. D. Hopkins
    On 1st December 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna opened a public exhibition titled The Countenance of the Other -- The Coins of the Huns and
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      On 1st December 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna opened a public
      exhibition titled "The Countenance of the Other -- The Coins of the Huns and
      Western Turks in Central Asia and India". In German, "Das Antlitz des
      Fremden -- Die Münzen der Hunnen und Westtürken in Zentralasien und Indien".

      Reports from attendees at the exhibition's opening ceremony report it to be
      is the best numismatic exhibition in memory. The opening was a nationally
      important event, with speeches by key museum, academic and state officials,
      and the director of the KHM's numismatic cabinet Dr. Michael Alram. A
      representative of the Geographical Institute introduced the excellent maps
      for each period of coinage and a 4-meter floor map in the rotunda of the
      museum.

      The exhibition, which will run until 29 September 2013, presents the results
      of a six-year research project, The Cultural History of the Western Himalaya
      from the 8th Century, Pre-Islamic Coinage and History of Money, supported by
      the Austrian Science Fund. It was curated by Michael Alram, Anna Filigenzi,
      Michaela Kinberger, Karel Kriz, Daniel Nell, Matthias Pfisterer and Klaus
      Vondrovec.

      The KHM's exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Bernisches
      Historisches Museum. Additional loans came from the Goldmuseum of the
      Austrian National Bank, the Natural History Museum and the Collection
      Jean-Pierre Righetti (Switzerland). The show’s chronological timeframe is
      set from the late 4th century AD to the Islamic period. It is the first
      exhibition to bring together a comprehensive survey of Hunnish coins,
      offering a geographic-historical perspective and thus a new look at this
      little-known civilization.

      The exhibition web site is very impressive, presenting contents of the
      display cases, maps and videos. Especially worthy of mention is the
      photography; the high resolution images of the coins are excellent:
      http://pro.geo.univie.ac.at/projects/khm/

      The museum web site:
      http://www.khm.at/en/exhibitions/coming-exhibitions/the-countenance-of-the-o
      ther/

      Press release:
      http://press.khm.at/fileadmin/content/KHM/Presse/2012/Hunnen/PT_Hunnen_engl.
      pdf

      Cheers,

      Chris Hopkins
      www.parthia.com
      www.sylloge.org


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