Kolomna Culture

In an unusual cooperation, the Museum Artkommunalka in Kolomna, Russia, is presenting an exhibition initiated and curated by Munich artist and researcher Peter Bauhuis. A treasure-trove of 80 extraordinary pieces, this collection of jewelry remains an enigma archeologists have yet to decode. Even the story of its unearthing is shrouded in mystery.

Peter Bauhuis, Institute for Newer Archeaology, Kolomna 2013

Соровище из Коломны Украшения, 
монеты, сосуды и другие артефакты. 
Бронза, медь.

Kolomna Findings
Jewellery, coins, vessels and other artefacts
made from bronze und copper


сосуда, бронза
vessels, bronze


Большая чаша: тонкие стенки этой бронзовой чаши свидетельствуют о высоком уровне техники художественного литья в Коломенской культуре.

Large bowl, the thinness of this bronze bowl shows the high quality of technical skills of Pre-Kolomnian casters.



The presentation of the Kolomna Treasure - the objects and their background. Inauguration on Friday 14th of June, Museum Artkommunalka (Музей-резиденция «Арткоммуналка. Ерофеев и Другие») 




 - not very sober local artists try to disturb the exhibition, lack the quality of William Turner and hand over a souvenir from Russia

read more (the museums vkontakti page) Утраченные сокровища – вольная интерпретация
read even more:  http://enp-mo.ru/articles/articles_6298.html


Большая двойная петля, объект-узел, бронза,
предположительно: культовое назначение.

Great Double Loop, knot object made from bronze, sacred use?


Knots have been of extraordinairy importance for the people of the Kolomna Culture. 6 different kind of knots have been found, three-dimensional in rings and objects, relief-like on coins. 
The double loop (lemniscate - mathematical symbol of infinity) has been prolonged to the shape of a Pretzel. We can only conject: a sign for connectivity and togetherness? A picture of unboundedness? 

6 Коломенских узлов: Клевер, Брецель, Пятерик, узлы 10-25, Восьмерик, узел грузчика

6 „Kolomna-Knots“: trefoil, pretzel, cinquefoil, knot 10-25, figure-eight knot, Stevedore-knot


(from lat. bractea “thin piece of metal”) coins or medals, struck only on one face, the pattern of which shows through on the reverse face.
The bracteates were usually called back regularly, they had to be exchanged for new coins with a deduction (Renovatio Monetae). This system worked like a demurrage: People wouldn't hoard their coins, because they lost their value. So this money was used more as a medium of exchange than for storing value. This increased the velocity of money and stimulated the economy.
Medieval bracteates were comon in Central Europe from 12th to 14. century, probably adopted from Danes or Slavic people. The coin trove of Kolomna could close this gap of evidence.

Монеты клада из Коломны 
 The coins of the Kolomna-treasure


The delegation's visit in the Archeological Center of  Kolomna. A very informative discussion on prehistoric findings in the region. 


Research leads to speculations about a deep connection of Russian and Pre-Russian iconology with the history of comestible goods in South Germany and Austria 

German professor Dr Erika Greber is speaking about brezel as a symbol of mystification in the context of Russian Literature in her book “Textile Texte: Poetologische Metaphorik und Literaturtheorie. Studien zur Tradition des Wortflechtens und der Kombinatorik (Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar, 2002) “

coin with connected double loop
Russian Krendel (Крендель), German Brezel 


visit of the city of Kolomna, the historical Old Town and the historical museum

"Beast of Kolomna" a stone relief in shape of an unicorn,
said to be the seal of Tartarian leader Batú Khan
(Museum Kolomna)


Arrival of the delegation of the Institute in Kolomna with a very friendly reception through the art director of the Museum Artkommunalka Misha Lejen

Музей-резиденция «Арткоммуналка. Ерофеев и Другие», 
Коломна, ул. Октябрьской революции, дом 205