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The State museum of gold and precious metals was found in 1990 in Almaty. Afterwards, in connection with the change of capital of the Republic, it had been moved to Astana in October 2000 and placed in the Presidential Cultural Center.
The museum is a scientific research, mass cultural organisation – the main depositary of objects and jewellery complexes of Kazakhstan since the era of early nomads till the ethnographical modernity. Funds of the museum annually refilled with new exhibits.
The main treasure and basis of the fund and exhibit of the museum is the well –known complex “Golden man", which was found in 1969-1970 during excavations of the burial mound Issyk in Almaty, by group of archeologists under the guidance of Kemal Akishev. It is dated to the 5th -4th centuries BC. The burial mound with a diameter of 60 m and by height of 6 m was located in Semirechye, in 50 km from Almaty. More than 4 thousand gold products were executed in various techniques such as forging, stamping, engraving, granulating. Presumably, the remains belonged to the Saka warrior – Tigrahauda, because he has a high, conical cap of 70 cm long with bottom in the form of head wear which was stained with gold plates and metal plates with images of horses, leopards, mountain goats, flying birds, spreading trees. There is a gold torque on the neck of the warrior with the tips in the form of tiger heads, which witnesses Saka nobility and his military dignity.
A gold earring decorated with granularity and turquoise pendant was found at the level of the left ear lobe.
Suprahilar disks are placed in certain order: they are arranged in horizontal line creating a chain of disks with vertices upward and touching with each other by lower ends. The next lower range of disks touches the upper ones with vertices in the place of connection of their ends.
Decoration of Saka leader clothes comprises a single composition in the complex – it is a highly artistic and peculiar works of jeweller art of antiquity. They introduced world community with the culture, mythology, art and writing of Saka. Some copies of Saka warrior are established in many cities of Kazakhstan, one of them crowns the Independence Monument on the main square of Almaty. Nowadays “The Golden Man" is known all over the world and is one of the well-known symbols of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Also the exhibition of the State museum of gold and precious metals displayed unique exhibits of such famous archaeological sites as Kurgan Berel, Kurgan Araltobe (the 2nd century BC), Kurgan Shilikty (the 7th-4th centuries BC).
The museum has a permanent exhibition, consisting of two halls, where housed the objects of art of early nomadic era and arts and crafts of Kazakhs of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. It also hosts temporary thematic exhibitions.
Museum depositary is located in specially equipped collections. Archaeological objects form a separate collection group. Objects made of precious metals are stored in a fireproof safe. The museum promotes its collection through exhibitions, including abroad, and provides interesting, fascinating information in mass media.
There are the following types of funds: archaeology, numismatics, jewelleries (male and female) and household items. There are 6 514 exhibits in the museum depositary. Capital fund – 6 267 units.