The exhibition in the Hermitage was organized in cooperation with the National Library of Israel.
On 11 September 2019, the exhibition “Life in Mediaeval Khorasan. A Geniza from the National Library of Israel” opens in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.
The display is devoted primarily to what is known as the Afghan Geniza, a collection of unique documents from the medieval town of Bāmiyān. Created in the 11th-13th centuries, they were discovered in early 21st century and are recognized as one of the most important finds of ancient Jewish manuscripts since the unearthing of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The display also includes objects of material culture from the stocks of the Hermitage – items used in daily life and fragments of architecture. These supplement the written sources and demonstrate various facets of life in mediaeval Khorasan.
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the National Library of Israel.