Part of the exhibits from the large collection of the Kazan merchant Vasily Zausailov will be presented at an exhibition in the Kazan Kremlin Museum-Reserve. They were sold abroad in 1909. In order to organize the exhibition, the museum is working on a cooperation agreement with the National Museum of Finland.
As the deputy director of the museum-reserve for scientific work Svetlana Konovalova told IA “Tatar-inform”, there are almost 11 thousand items in Zausailov’s collection. Half of them date back to the Stone Age. The number of items from the Bronze Age alone in the Volga-Kama region in 1907 was equal to the number of the same items in all Russian museums combined.
If it is possible to sign an agreement by September of this year, next year the artifacts will temporarily return to the city, where they were collected by the merchant Zausailov in the 1890s. There is no question of transferring part of the collection to the Kazan Museum.
It is assumed that two exhibitions will be held on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin: “Panorama of Eurasian Antiquities” and “Antiquities of the Peoples of the Volga Region and Siberia in Museum Collections of Finland.” The museum wants to study the collection, since all these years it remained unexplored due to the fact that there are no such specialists in Finland, Konovalova noted.
The museums of Kazan and Finland began to actively interact after the visit of the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov to Helsinki in 2019. The Museum of Finland bought the collection in 1909 after Zausailov’s bankruptcy. This was recommended by the Finnish archaeologist Thalgren, who studied her inventory.