November 15, 2017

Russia museum in Clinton receives largest donation of artifacts

An item donated to the Museum of Russian Icons, located in Clinton.

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton has received a donation of items from a Massachusetts couple constituting the largest and most valuable gift since the museum was established in 2006. The museum did not specify the amount.

The donation of 18th and 19th-century Russian icons and artifacts from Bourne, Mass. collectors Edward and Joan Simpson include 119 pieces such as bronze crosses and a jeweled and enameled wedding crown.

It's the most significant private donation since the museum opened, said Curator and CEO Kent Russell in an announcement Tuesday.

The items were acquired by the Bourne couple primarily from Moscow's famous open-air Izmaylovo Market beginning in the early 1990s, the museum said.

According to Russell, the items reflect late 18th-century Russia, a time period that the museum had been lacking.

"This gift adds many unusual icon subjects such as the Pure Soul, Prayer of the Cup, rare examples of carved icons, a wedding crown, and new regions and styles not previously represented in our collection," he said.


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