Vorlesen Traveling exhibition "Genghis Khan and his heirs - The Mongol Empire" from June 16 to September 25, 2005 in the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn: As a prelude to the 800th anniversary of the Mongolian empire in 2006, the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn celebrates its legendary Founder, Genghis Khan. From its capital Karakorum it shows older and completely new archaeological finds. Armor and weapons, coins and books illustrate his state and military affairs, and splendid contemporary paintings illustrate life at the court of the Khans. In its heyday, the Mongol Empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Central Europe. His mythical rise began with a tragedy. When Temüdjin, who was to go down in history as Genghis Khan, was nine years old, his father was poisoned by enemies. The family had to fight alone through the Mongolian steppe. There she was robbed of the last remaining good: eight horses. What remained was a stubby-tailed brown used for hunting groundhogs. But Temüdjin, so the legend tells it, pursued the robbers with the remaining animal and recaptured the stolen horses. This mixture of fearlessness and thirst for adventure eventually made him the ruler of a world empire.

As a vassal of the khan of Kereity, a powerful Mongol tribe, Temüdjin initially developed into a famous general. In the spring of 1206 he was elected Khan - the supreme ruler of the Mongols. "Genghis Khan" means "right world ruler" or "ocean-like ruler". In the following years, the new man in power successfully led his more than 100, 000 soldiers against China, the richest country in Asia.

Two things made the Mongolian fighters superior to all opponents: their weapons and their horses. The reflex arcs of mulberry and elm turned the arrows of camel bones into piercing weapons. Each warrior's equipment also included a shield, scimitar, spear, and armor.

The Przewalski horses, which had been ridden by the Mongols, were also protected by a five-piece leather tank. In 25 days, so investigations have shown, the animals could travel 1800 kilometers. Their stamina and contentment made them as legendary as their riders. They sat during a fight not in the saddle, but stood on tiptoe in the round stirrups. This allowed them to turn in all directions as fast as lightning and were able to aim for the right while still looking to the left, or to shoot backwards at full speed - an often decisive advantage. display

Art and Exhibition Hall Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
Entry ? 7 (reduced? 3.50)

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