Kazakh President visits Bern Historical Museum

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Swiss President Guy Parmelin paid a visit to the Historical Museum of Bern to see the 19th-century wall covering from Henri Moser’s oriental collection on November 30 as part of the visit from Tokayev in Switzerland, Akorda reported.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Swiss President Guy Parmelin visited the Bern Historical Museum on November 30 to see the 19th century wall covering from Henri Moser’s oriental collection. Photo credit: Akorda.

The Oriental Collection is one of the unique Oriental collections in the world that offers information about Central Asia, Persia and the Ottoman Empire.

The Kazakh sultan Baimukhamed Aishuakov introduced the wall covering to the Swiss diplomat and traveler Moser in the 19th century. Today, the gift serves as a symbol of cultural ties between Kazakhstan and Switzerland.

The oriental collection also includes carpets, rare swords, curved daggers, horse supplies and other objects.

An image from the book about Henri Moser’s trip to Central Asia. Photo credit: Gov.kz.

Tokayev expressed hope that the wallcovering will also be exhibited in Kazakhstan.

Moser (1844–1923) took part in the expeditions to Central Asia and wrote travel diaries on the economy and culture of the Islamic world. According to Professor Thomas Dittelbach, who studied his works, Moser was known as a “scholarly explorer” who “acquired new pieces in Central Asian bazaars and at auctions in London and Paris to add to his collection of objects which he had received mainly as gifts”. local rulers during his travels. Later, Moser presented the works of art to the public in a series of exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany and France.


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Patrick F. Williams