Karaims represent one of the smallest ethnic groups in Lithuania. It was only due to the strength and stability of their traditions that they have managed to preserve a peculiar and unique culture. The present publication presents a small reflection of that culture – the collection of Oriental and Karaim items of Hadji Seraya Khan Szapszal (1873–1961), a famous spiritual leader of the Karaim community, Orientalist, doctor of philology.

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Seraya Szapszal’s Karaim Collection

Seraya Szapszal’s Karaim Collection

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Vilnius, 2003. Library of National Museum of Lithuania – 12, 168 pages, English, ISBN 9955-415-32-0.

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Karaims represent one of the smallest ethnic groups in Lithuania. It was only due to the strength and stability of their traditions that they have managed to preserve a peculiar and unique culture. The present publication presents a small reflection of that culture – the collection of Oriental and Karaim items of Hadji Seraya Khan Szapszal (1873–1961), a famous spiritual leader of the Karaim community, Orientalist, doctor of philology.

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