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Mezuraj Museum announces that after the inauguration of the new exhibition of Mezuraj Collection of the well- known painter Helidon Haliti and of the catalogue regarding this collection on 16 March, 2009, Mezuraj Museum will be opened for the public on
17 March, 2009.
Museum hours
Monday – Saturday 9.00 - 18.00
Closed Sunday

Museum Fees 3 €

You are welcome to visit the museum.


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Mezuraj Museum
March 2009


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ARCHAEOLOGY IN MEZURAJ MUSEUM

This collection, can desperately be said, that owns and truly fulfills all the parameters of a representative collection that is proudly to be compared with main museums of Albania such as National Historical Museum or Archaeological Museum of Tirana etc.  Mezuraj Museum collection of archaeology based on authorized and legal acquisitions of objects, although founded in a relatively short period of time, already possesses various kinds of objects of great value and it is increasingly becoming a real and worthy factor of Albanian cultural heritage.  This collection includes:

  • A various number of ceramic vases painted with black and red images, regarded as artistic masterpieces of VI-IV-th century B.C.
  • A various number of sea amphora belonging to the IV-th century B. C. and II-nd century of our era.
  • A considerable number of dishes belonging to the Hellenistic period.
  • Besides the important collection of Illyrian ceramics of a painted Devoll style, this institution possesses another group of objects of a very high importance too, pertaining to the VI-th century up to XII-th century.    The Arbëresh culture conventionally identified as Koman culture is represented by a large number of silver and bronze earrings shaped like a half-moon with geometrical motives.  This culture is also represented by a large number of silver, bronze and golden rings with symbolic and geometric motives as well and the most conspicuous of this group, a bronze ring with the image of a two-headed eagle, is the earliest symbol of this heraldry in Albania at least from the VI-th century of our era.  But it should also be highlighted the necklaces of Arbëresh culture consisting of white, blue and black string of stones, with miniature carving, used by Arbëresh women from the VI-th century to the XII-th century of our era.  
  • Archaeological collection of this museum includes many guns of the early Middle Ages, pistols as well and a rifle pertaining to the XVIII-th century of our era with a golden symbol.  We can mention here a silver triptych of the XVIII-th century as well with the Evangelism motif, with the image of Jesus Christ in the middle, on the left appears the image of Ave Maria and on the right the image of John the Baptist.

The archaeological collection of Mezuraj Museum owns its own geographical map according to origin of its objects.  The main basis of this map lies on Korça fields and the Illyrian culture, from the geographical point of view, is closely connected with tumulus of Kamenica tumulus.

 
  • UNICUM
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Unicum      
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This is a natural stone shaped like an enormous egg and its weight is of 400 kg.  It is recognized, on the surface of this stone a mythical female image whose body takes the shape of a fish tail-end in its left side.
This image represents a powerful Goddess of seas and waters that played an important visual and ritual role in the Karaburun peninsula, an extremely important sea point of all the times.
This is a masterpiece with a ritual and mythological estimation, very special in its kind over all Albanian archaeological map or the map of the continent known until now. 

This sea Goddess is of an autochthonous character for Albania, very special in its age-length and ancientness. Both, this stone and the image over it are considered of monumental character and are the only and indelible testimonial not only of the seas’ thousand of years customs but it also owns and assigns something superlative on the original mythological mentality of the ancient Albanian inhabitants.

 
  • Ritual decorative kitchen ceramics
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Ceramic collection 1        
1-44
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Ceramic collection 2        
45-88
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Amphoras collection        
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This ritual ware collection is of functional character and it has a connection with pagan rites of Gods, which symbolize sun rite, death rite and that of nature regeneration.
Their fertility symbol is well represented by  their ornamentation. These ritual dishes in ceramics are ceremonial ones belonging to everyday life and to the ritual service of graves.

•Amphoras

Amphora’s functional character is of everyday life.  They were used on holding wine, oil, water but they were also used for aromatic oils and even pomades of medicinal function.  These dishes give voice to the social presence of their carriers and they clearly demonstrate the artistic taste and the environmental importance of their living and habitation.  Through these ones is explained also their artistic decoration.

 
  • Tools made of stone
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Stone tools collection        
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Tools made of stone are the principal instruments of living and hunting in the prehistoric age.  These symbolize the socialization and development standard of prehistoric age.  They clearly point out prehistoric man’s intelligence.

 
  • Ornamental elements
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Ornamental collection        
63

Ornamental decorative items such as bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings are luxury elements of the antique society comprising great motives of that time.  They represent the motive of cultivating an aesthetic of dressing, human look according to the richness scale and the symbolic and pagan cults’ motive represented by these ornamental decorative items.


 
  • Decorative kitchen items made of bronze
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Bronze collection        
43

Ritual dishes in bronze show the high level of that part of antique society called the elite and the concept of a living according to an aesthetic where are interlaced the professional character of refinement and the ornamental distinguishing motives having a connection wit pagan rites.


 
  • Combative - Lances
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Combative collection        
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The armory collection consists of spear-heads, arrow-heads and swords.
They symbolize the combative activity of the society, the level of the technology, the conceptual way of attack and that of defense as well as the distinct shape of society that is related to the peculiarity of combative cults from Illyrians to the late antiquity.  All these are in bronze and iron.  They show a stylistic and symbolic continuity of  Illyrian society.


 
  • Tools made of iron
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Iron tools collection        
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Iron tools constitute a great revolution of development, playing an important role in the creation of metallurgy establishment and the refinements of metals especially that of iron, revolutionizing the antique society and her way passing from matriarchy to patriarchy.  This tool collection expresses the level of economical development and the new concepts of the society of that time.  It also demonstrates the level of economic-social terms of the all society.

 
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