The Louvre Museum has expressed interest in presenting the Paris public the sculpture of the Prince and Princess from Halchayan kept in the State Art Museum of Uzbekistan.

“These sculptures dating from the 1st century B.C. were found by a group of archeologists on the territory of Northern Bactria in the upper reaches of Surkhandarya River during the excavation of the rulers’ palace at the site of ancient settlement Halchayan in 1960-1963. They worked under the leadership of prominent archeologist Galina Pugachenkova,” says Vasila Fayziyeva, director of the museum.

The following information can be found in the works of well-known academician V.Masson about these masterpieces of fine art, “They were located in a gallery passing at the height of three meters and reflected the civic and religious nature of the art. The sculptures of a ruler, his spouse and a whole number of courtiers were lodged in the central part of the exposition. Divine deities Mira, Nike and an unknown bearded deity were placed over them. Remaining walls were decorated either with walking processions, or galloping horsemen, or scenes of Dionysian cult. The verve and expressiveness distinguish the Halchayan sculptures from other sculptures of the time. They hold different poses, free turn and have much resemblance with their portrait images.”

“These expositions enjoy tremendous popularity with art lovers,” says Vasila Fayziyeva, “since they represent the epoch of antiquity when two civilizations - local Central Asian and Hellenistic - fused together for the first time in Central Asia. That was the period when their creative interaction was more efficient and fruitful than ever. The sculptures of the Prince and the Princess are fruits of this historical process.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)