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Enchanted Treasures: Russian Folk Art in the Kirill Sokolov Collection

Group of three toys, one is a large yellow and blue rooster, and the smaller two are a black horse and a white fantasy creature with two heads.

This exhibition explores the Russian folk-art objects collected by Russian artist Kirill Sokolov. 

The exhibition reflects the diversity of Russian folk art, from fanciful clay whistles in the shape of animals to gold-painted lacquer wares, investigating the origins of the objects and their social histories. 

This exhibition was created by students studying for the MA in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University.

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Craft your own: Clay Toy

Try out making your own clay toys with these instructions. Use the Sokolov Collection as inspiration, or make with your own imagination! 

Craft your own: Kolobok

Kolobok are a special Russian bread bun. Try making your own Kolobok to eat, or renact the folktale about the bread bun with finger puppets.