Mongolian Museum Exhibits
A dodgag is a robe that usually upper class Mongolians would wear. There were many variations of the robe and some were more sturdy and war ready than others. It is made with Satin, threads, gold and silver threads, ivory, brass. When it was used in war its main purpose was to stop arrows, and other sharp objects from penetrating the users skin. It worked well in this purpose because of its heavy exterieur. From the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia
This mongolian bridle was used by one of the thousands of soldiers that helped to take over the middle east. A bridle is used to steer a horse, and it’s like a steering wheel in the way that it makes a horse turn on command just like a car. Bridles at this time were usually made with leather and pieces of string to help keep the bridle tight. This item was usually an inexpensive item, because of the large amounts of people riding on horseback. From the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia
The bow and arrow were one of, if not the most important items that helped push the mongols forward, and take over the middle east. The reason the bow and arrow were so important is because at the time other countries had begun to use guns, and cannons, while the mongols were taking down a whole country’s army with just bow and arrow. Other countries were surprised on how well they could yield a bow and made it more difficult to fight against. They are made with bamboo, and sinew on the back, bound together with animal glue. From the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia
This Mongolian sword was another valuable weapon that helped the great army take over the middle east. It was used mainly in hand to hand combat and sometimes used on horse, with the user slashing people while speeding away on their horse.Swords may have not been important but were still very useful in combat. It is made from steel, leather, and animal glue.vFrom the BogdKhaan Palace Museum of Mongolia
5) This is a Dashmag flask, that was created in the nineteenth or twentieth century. They are made out of processed skin, leather, and hide. Dashmag flasks are used to carry liquid like water or alcohol. This type of flask can be found in many different shapes and sizes. This particular Dashmagflask in held at The Museum of Mongolia.
The bronze dagger shows the popularity of animal shaped tools and weapons. The handle of the dagger is in the shape of a wild mountain sheep’s head. This artifact looks like it was used in the military. The artifact looks like it might have been a weapon for generals of the army or royalty.
This is a statue of a Turkic prince and military general. The statue has a bird at the front of the crown. This statue was most likely made to honor the prince and show respect. The statue seems to have been damaged. There is a long slash through the front of the crown and upper face of the statue.
The Black banner was the battlefield banner. This banner belonged to the khan. The banner represented the power of the “Everlasting Blue Heaven”. When the khan went to war, the Black banner would be raised. This artifact is made out of wood, bronze, and horse tail. It appears to have a sword and shield at the top of the banner. This banner gave the khan the spirit and power of the mongols. This would help them defeat any enemy.
The White banner was the opposite of the Black banner. The White banner was the peace banner, also called ‘YisunKholt Tsagaan Tug’. The banner was put in places of peace and located away from war. The banner is made from the tails of different white mares.
These armored boots are from the 15th – 16th century. They have been used multiple times. These boots were passed down through seven generations. The boots are made out of calfskin. These armored boots have many layers of calfskin. Thematerials came from central asia.
Headdress of Queen Dondogdulam
The headdress of Queen Dondogdulam, (located in
The Bogd Khaan Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,) is a headdress made of pearls, silver, coral and other stones. It was made some time in the 20th century. The Sitatara Queen Dondogdulam wore this headdress when she was elevated to Dakini Regnant of Mongolia in 1911. The headdress has 58 pearl strings that end with pink stones. Looking at these materials, the Mongols must have had to set up trade routes or trade deals with other countries that had access to pearls. If this headdress was dated back earlier the Mongols might have just taken the materials necessary.
The Ritual Hat of Bhuddist Exorcism
The Bogd who wore this hat was the only monk to ever achieve Buddhist degree of Kyabje rank. This hat was used by the 8th Bogd (leader) Jevzundamba during a dance called Khuree Tsam. It was made in the early 20th century and has materials such as a human skull, coral, silver, and lace. On the hat there is a Soyomboscript. Often on religious artifacts there is some form of human skull used. From looking at this hat you can see that it has skulls (and uses a real human skull) this could mean that the Mongols did not like death or they wanted to be protected against it. Judging that it was an exorcism hat, the wearer might be doing an exorcism dance, but that is not certain. This artifact is located at The Bogd Khaan Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The Beaver Fur Hat of Bogd Khaan
This is the hat of Bogd Khaan. It is made of black beaver fur (which has more of a brown tint) and yellow silk. The hat has a red silk lining, and yellow strings to keep the cap on. A five sided embroidered ball is on top of the hat. The hat was made for the Bogd in the early 20th century. This artifact was most likely used as a normal hat due to weather. It is a more simple hat compared to the hats that were used in Mongolian traditions. The hat is more simple, but probably very warm. The beaver fur most likely kept the wearer warm during Mongolian winter and fall. This hat is located at The Bogd Khan Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Decorative Jewelry and Accessories of Khalkha
This is jewelry from one of the 20 ethnic Mongolian groups. It’s from the Khalkhapeople, who take up more than eighty percent of the population. Each ethnic group has different styles and types of jewelry. There is no date for this jewelry. It is most likely made of silver, turquoise and possibly coral (judging from the other materials used to make other items). Women from the Khalkha people wore their hair in a ‘winged coiffure’ with large silver ornaments. From looking at the pieces the bottom two and top two look most like hair pieces, and the middle four could be pins for the hair. The two pieces in the middle look most like rings. This piece is from the Fine Arts Zanzabar Museum, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
Gold Alloy Bracelet
This is a gold alloy bracelet from KharaKhorum. The bracelet has phoenixs and demons on it, which could have shown a good soul or heart. Since the bracelet is gold it might have been worn by someone influential, and the design is very intricate which could show that the wearer had power. The design is most likely influenced from Arabian or Chinese culture, because the Mongols did not have such strong art as other cultures at the time. This bracelet is from the 14th century. Courtesy of the Institute of Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Science