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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.
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  • OBJECT IN STUDY
  • DESCRIPTION
 
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Archaeological traces
Stone
Carving
Albanian
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100 x 100
Found in Karaburun Peninsula, Vlora 
Mezuraj Museum

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 overall 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 it is the only and indelible testimonial not only for the thousands years customs of the sea but it also owns and assigns something superlative on the original mythological mentality of the ancient Albanian inhabitants.  This masterwork is fully and legally owned by Mezuraj Museum.
 
  • RING WITH DOUBLE HEADED EAGLE
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Finger ring decorated with an eagle 
Ornaments
Bronze
Cast-wrought in bronze
Arbërore
VI - th Century 
Diam. 5.4; Width 0.51
Found in Korca areas
Mezuraj Museum

The ring with the double headed eagle has got a unique character and it found out to be a discovery.  It has got the graphic figure of a double headed eagle in the decorative circle. It is amazing the abstracted display of this heraldic figure. We can say that it is the earliest case ever discovered in Albania of a ring with the figure of the eagle which belongs to the VI-th century of our era, the Great Justinian century.  This heraldic symbol has got much importance for us Albanians.  But in reality, in many rings of Koman culture and amulets too, are noticed crossed lines inside a circle that display the sun or the solar disc but even protomes of different birds having connection with the solar bird cult.  Generally, the birds are single head and are connected with the pagan cult, but not Christian cult.  But the ring with the double head is the oldest graphic display that is connected with the byzantine symbol. Undoubtedly, an extremely precious object of our archaeological collection.

 
  • DEER HEAD
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Figurine-Deer head
Sculpture-ornamental
Bronze
Cast in bronze
Illyrian
II- nd Iron Age, VIII - th Century B. C. 
7 x 4
Found in Kamenica of Korca
Mezuraj Museum

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  • BRACELET
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Bracelet
Ornaments
Bronze
Cast in bronze
Illyrian
II- nd Iron Age, VII - th Century B. C.  
15 x 12.5 
Found in Kamenica of Korca
Mezuraj Museum

One of the most important symbols of Illyrian culture of the Mezuraj Archaeological Collection is a relatively big bronze bracelet that has pliable shape and two angles that end in a lifting way which carries a number of decorative drawings like the parallel lines, the triangles, the flagellate lines, small circles with motifs inner-written in miniature representing solar symbols.  This bracelet weighs about 915 gram and belongs to the VII-th century B.C.  This bracelet has been destined to be worn on the upper part of an Illyrian’s arm who got important attributes of Illyrian power and religion.  This extraordinary and rare object is part of archaeological fund of Mezuraj Museum.

 
  • CORINTHIAN VASE
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Decorative vase
Decorative
Ceramics
Handmade with potter's wheel 
Greec
VI - th Century B.C.
18.5 x 18
Durres
Mezuraj Museum

We can say this oinochoe is a masterpiece of ceramics and painting art. The colour of the baked clay is also ochre occurring in yellow.  The oinochoe is 20 cm high.  Its base diameter is 16.5 cm.  The height of the handle is 10.5 cm and the diameter of the neck is 7 cm.  The oinochoe is preserved in its full state.  There is a relatively great number of paintings clearly preserved on it.  The lower belt has got a line without motives, painted in black.  Over it stands the first belt of painting with vertical lines parallelly distanced 2 cm from each other and 0.5 cm. away off.  Over this belt it is raised the basement composed by a number of black lines of  1.5 cm thickness from which it starts the next belt of painting around the dish.  It could be said that this belt is a magnificent composition of animalesc and mythological images composed by three scenes relatively clearly divided from each other, where are obviously seen nine images.  Two scenes are composed of two figures but the third scene has got four figures.  The animalesc images are two big deers, four lions, three sphinxes and a swan.  Therefore, there are three scenes alternated between each other.  Over this belt it is raised the basement of 1 cm height, composed by double vertical lines one over the other on which it is raised the next belt also painted with very well preserved images.  Both the deers on the left and right of the handle are in distance in front of each other, therefore the ceramic and painting artist respects the symmetry principle by expressing that the principal scene with two lions and two sphinxes is limited by the two deers figures which should belong to another scene standing on its own.  This belt has got six figures; two sphinxes, two lions and two deers composing thus a repetition for analogy and as a completion the following belt in more figures.  So, both belts are composed of fifteen figures; five of these figures are sphinx images, six of them lion images, four of them are deer images and only one is a swan figure.  The painted decoration is preliminary made, is firstly done the drawing with thin figure lines carving and then the painting over it.  Through all these figures is also found a great number of images, with decorative motifs, mainly of floral type which are placed under, above and aside the animalesc figures of sphinxes and the swan.  This way it comes out the main and distinguished principle of the archaic art, the one called "horror vaqui", explained as the principle of fear from emptiness.  According to this principle, the artist is trying to fill up all the space in his disposition, leaving no space.  He respects scenes division but without putting frames between them.  Thus, it does exist a perfect geometrical syntax and a clear pattern of what is called the economy of painting of the archaic style.  The painting of the handle, neck and cover is done in black colour but the decorative motifs are missing.  This oinochoe is the most precious and the most artistic object of the VI-th century B.C. that Mezuraj Museum owns in its collection.

 
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