Dragons and mounted warriors

The MAMUZ Mistelbach is displaying ‘Fairytales, Myths and Symbols’. Schloss Asparn is displaying ‘Horseman Bows’.

Man and his story is the theme of the ‘Fairytales, Myths and Symbols’ exhibition in the MAMUZ Museum in Mistelbach. The MAMUZ Schloss Asparn/Zaya is showing archaeological finds, experiments and reconstructions of historical horseman bows used by the Scythians, Huns and Avars.

A trip in to the world of legends and symbols

What was the meaning of the apple in ancient scripts and what links it to Snow White? Where did the idea of dragons and fantasy creatures come from and why is it still so popular? Even Hollywood blockbuster scripts follow the age old formula of the hero’s journey. Long ago, the classical hero Heracles had to overcome twelve tasks in order to ascend to Olympus and more recently in the Star Wars saga George Lucas sent Luke Skywalker on voyages to restore the balance of the galaxy. What do they and the many other heroes have in common? The ‘Fairytales, Myths and Symbols. Man and his Story’ exhibition showing at the MAMUZ Museum in Mistelbach from 23/03-24/11/2019 explains how many of the symbols and stories that we see today are thousands of years old. 

Mounted warriors and their armament

The Scythian, Hun, Avar and Hungarian mounted warriors were feared because of their fighting technique using bow and arrow. Their bows were made from wood, horns and bones which made them extremely strong. When they are dug up today however there is very little left of them. The ‘Horseman Bows: Archaeology. Reconstruction. Experiment." exhibition taking place from 13/04-24/11/2019 displays historical findings from Austria and Hungary, experiments focussing on the materials, impact and power of the weapons as well as reconstructions of individual elements - from bows and arrows right up to quivers. Particular highlights of the exhibition are the insights into the work of archaeologists: In one experiment, a bow is buried in order to test the impermanence of its material. The results allow important conclusions to be drawn about original findings.

Exhibition in Czech and German. Guided tours can also be booked - in Czech, Slovakian and English upon request.