Genghis Khan Exhibit Photos

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A Mongol Warrior

Mongolian warrior from the Denver Museum of Science and Nature exhibit display
A Mongolian warrior on his pony, decked out in armor and displaying typical weapons and shield. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

A Mongol warrior from the Genghis Khan museum exhibit.

He rides a typically short and sturdy Mongolian horse and carries a reflex bow and spear. The warrior also is wearing authentic armor, including a helmet with a horsetail plume, and carrying a shield.


 

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Entrance to the Exhibit

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire exhibit entrance
Photo of the entrance to Genghis Khan exhibit, Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

The beginning of a journey into Mongolian history, showing the extent of Genghis Khan's empire and a timeline of the Mongol hordes' conquests.


 

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Mongolian Mummy | Genghis Khan Exhibit

Photo of mummy from the Genghis Khan exhibit at Denver's Museum of Science and Nature
Mongolian mummy from the Genghis Khan museum exhibit. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

Mummy of a Mongolian woman from the 13th or 14th century, along with her grave goods.  The mummy is wearing leather boots. She has a beautiful necklace, earrings, and a hair comb, among other things. 

Mongolian women held a high status in their society under Genghis Khan.  They were actively involved in decision-making for the community, and the Great Khan enacted specific laws to protect them from kidnapping and other abuses.


 

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Coffin of a Mongolian Noblewoman

Coffin from the Genghis Khan exhibit at Denver's Museum of Science and Nature
Coffin of a Mongolian noblewoman. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

The wooden and leather coffin of a 13th or 14th-century Mongolian noblewoman (see previous photo of her mummy).

The mummy inside originally was wearing two layers of rich silk clothing, and outer garments of leather. She was buried with some standard belongings - a knife and bowl - along with luxury items such as jewelry.


 

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Mongolian Shaman

This particular costume is from the 19th or early 20th century
Mongolian shaman with elaborate costume and drum, Genghis Khan exhibit. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

This particular shaman outfit and drum are from the nineteenth or early twentieth century.

The shaman's head-covering includes eagle feathers and a metallic fringe. Genghis Khan himself followed the traditional Mongolian religious beliefs, which include veneration of the Blue Sky or Eternal Heaven.


 

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The Grasslands and a Yurt

Typical Mongolian yurt interior and horsetail standards from the Denver Genghis Khan exhibit
Grasslands Display at Genghis Khan Exhibit, including yurt and horsetail standards. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

The Mongolian grasslands or steppe, and the interior of a typical yurt.

The yurt is made of a woven wood frame with felt or hide coverings. It is sturdy and warm enough to withstand the bitter Mongolian winter, but still relatively easy to take down and move.

Nomadic Mongolians would dismantle their yurts and load them onto two-wheeled horse-drawn carts when it was time to move with the seasons.


 

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Mongolian Crossbow

Genghis Khan's hordes had incredible archery skills, especially from horseback.
Details of a Mongolian crossbow from the Genghis Khan museum exhibit. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

A Mongolian triple-bow crossbow, used for attacking the defenders of besieged cities.

Genghis Khan's troops honed their siege techniques on Chinese walled cities and then used these skills on cities all across Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.


 

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Trebuchet, Mongolian Siege Machine

Genghis Khan's Mongol army needed light-weight, mobile siege machinery.
Mongolian trebuchet, a type of light-weight siege machine used by Genghis Khan's army to attack walled cities. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

A trebuchet, a type of siege machine, used to hurl missiles over the walls of besieged cities. The Mongolian army under Genghis Khan and his descendants used these relatively light siege machines for easy mobility.

The Mongols' siege warfare was incredibly effective. They took such cities as Beijing, Aleppo, and Bukhara. The citizens of cities that surrendered without a fight were spared, but those who resisted usually were slaughtered.

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Mongolian Shamanist Dancer

Did the Great Khan himself watch dances like this one?
Mongolian dancer performing at the Genghis Khan exhibit at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Batsaikhan Munkhsaikhan / Dino Don Inc.

Photo of a Mongolian dancer performing at the "Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire" exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.