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An exhibition "Alexei Matveevich Pozdneev and his Oriental collection" has opened at the State Museum of Oriental Arts. The exhibition is timed to the 150th anniversary of A.M. Pozdneev (1851-1920), a leading Orientalist and collector of Oriental antiquities. The exhibition features 60 works of art from the Central and South-Eastern Asia donated by the scientist to the Museum in 1918. Primary subjects in the exposition are ritual objects originating from China, Mongolia, Buryatia, Thailand and Japan, aged from100 to 500 years. A.M. Pozdneev has written dozens of papers devoted to history, philology, ethnography, religion, and economy of Oriental countries. The scientist who dedicated many years to the study of the Kalmucks, Buryats, and Mongolians, was the author of the first chrestomathy of Kalmuck literature and epic in Russia. A.M. Pozdneev also compiled a Kalmuck-Russian dictionary for schoolchildren and translated the New Testament into Kalmuck.
In 1905 he organized courses of Oriental studies, reorganized in 1910 into Practical Oriental Academy which was headed by A.M. Pozdneev down to the 1917 Revolution.
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