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A '''Kurlan naiskos''' is a ceramic figurine statue made by the [[Kurlan]] civilization, vaguely similar to a [[Russia]]n Matryoshka doll from [[Earth]]. A naiskos consists of a large hollow body, of which the top half can be removed to reveal several smaller figurines inside, similar in shape to the original one. Naiskoi reflected Kurlan [[philosophy]] in the sense that they believed that an individual was actually a community of individuals, each with their own voice, their own desires and their own view of the world. Ornamentation on the surface of a naiskos indicates which dynasty of the Kurlan civilization it came from. Because the Kurlan civilization died out millennia prior to the [[24th century]], a complete or intact naiskos is extremely rare, making these highly valuable to collectors and [[archaeologist]]s.
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[[File:Picard and Kurlan naiskos.jpg|thumb|The Kurlan ''naiskos'' in 2371]]
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A '''Kurlan ''naiskos''''' was a ceramic figurine [[statue]] made by the [[Kurlan]] civilization. A ''naiskos'' consisted of a large hollow body, of which the top half could be removed to reveal several smaller figurines inside, similar in shape to the original one. ''Naiskoi'' reflected Kurlan [[philosophy]] in the sense that they believed that an individual was actually a community of individuals, each with their own voice, their own desires and their own view of the world. Ornamentation on the surface of a ''naiskos'' indicated which dynasty of the Kurlan civilization it came from. Because the Kurlan civilization died out millennia prior to the [[24th century]], a complete or intact ''naiskos'' was extremely rare, making these highly valuable to collectors and [[archaeologist]]s.
   
[[Captain]] [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]] was given a complete and intact Third Dynasty Kurlan naiskos manufactured by the [[Master of Tarquin Hill]], which was more than 12,000 years old, by [[Professor]] [[Richard Galen]] in [[2369]]. Picard was clearly moved by this gift. ({{TNG|The Chase}})
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In [[2369]], {{Captain}} [[Jean-Luc Picard]]'s former mentor, [[Professor]] [[Richard Galen]], gave him a complete and intact {{dis|Third Dynasty|Kurlan}} Kurlan ''naiskos'' manufactured by the [[Master of Tarquin Hill]]; the artifact was more than 12,000 [[year|years]] old. Picard was clearly moved by this gift.
   
The naiskos would later adorn the Captain's [[ready room]]. ({{TNG|Bloodlines}}; {{film|7}})
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Because the Master's work anticipated general design trends by approximately 300 years, Picard's initial assessment was that it was Fifth Dynasty. However, after a prompt from Galen, he made a closer examination and correctly identified it. ({{TNG|The Chase}})
   
:''One of the final scenes in [[Star Trek Generations]] shows Picard finding his Kurlan naiskos among the wreckage of the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|''Enterprise''-D]]. While the scene suggests that he leaves it behind, given that the naiskos is a priceless artifact and given Picard's previously established interest in archaeology, plus the personal nature of the gift, it seems likely that he would have returned to retrieve it from the ship at a later time, although this was not shown.''
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The ''naiskos'' later adorned the [[captain's ready room]] until the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}} crashed on [[Veridian III]] in [[2371]]. Picard found the top half of the artifact among the ship's wreckage, and after inspecting that it was intact, placed it back onto the floor. ({{TNG|Genesis|Bloodlines|Preemptive Strike}}; {{film|7}})
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{{bginfo|The Kurlan ''naiskos'' prop was created by special effects artist [[Christopher Bergschneider]].|According to "Trill: Unjoined" in ''[[Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume Two]]'', Kurlan ''naiskos'' were a [[Trill]] artform.|''Naiskos'' is a real-world archeological term meaning a small temple-like building (the word is the diminutive of Greek ''naos'', temple), or a container for small votive objects, such as the Kurlan naiskos. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naiskos] [https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/242243] }}
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== External links ==
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* [http://discuss.fleetworkshop.org/t/kurlan-naiskos-reference-photos-research/282 Kurlan naiskos research thread] at [http://discuss.fleetworkshop.org FleetWorkshop.org]
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Revision as of 11:10, November 28, 2019

Kurlan naiskos

A Third Dynasty Kurlan naiskos

Kurlan Naiskos opened

An opened Kurlan naiskos

Picard and Kurlan naiskos

The Kurlan naiskos in 2371

A Kurlan naiskos was a ceramic figurine statue made by the Kurlan civilization. A naiskos consisted of a large hollow body, of which the top half could be removed to reveal several smaller figurines inside, similar in shape to the original one. Naiskoi reflected Kurlan philosophy in the sense that they believed that an individual was actually a community of individuals, each with their own voice, their own desires and their own view of the world. Ornamentation on the surface of a naiskos indicated which dynasty of the Kurlan civilization it came from. Because the Kurlan civilization died out millennia prior to the 24th century, a complete or intact naiskos was extremely rare, making these highly valuable to collectors and archaeologists.

In 2369, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's former mentor, Professor Richard Galen, gave him a complete and intact Third Dynasty Kurlan naiskos manufactured by the Master of Tarquin Hill; the artifact was more than 12,000 years old. Picard was clearly moved by this gift.

Because the Master's work anticipated general design trends by approximately 300 years, Picard's initial assessment was that it was Fifth Dynasty. However, after a prompt from Galen, he made a closer examination and correctly identified it. (TNG: "The Chase")

The naiskos later adorned the captain's ready room until the USS Enterprise-D crashed on Veridian III in 2371. Picard found the top half of the artifact among the ship's wreckage, and after inspecting that it was intact, placed it back onto the floor. (TNG: "Genesis", "Bloodlines", "Preemptive Strike"; Star Trek Generations)

The Kurlan naiskos prop was created by special effects artist Christopher Bergschneider.
According to "Trill: Unjoined" in Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume Two, Kurlan naiskos were a Trill artform.
Naiskos is a real-world archeological term meaning a small temple-like building (the word is the diminutive of Greek naos, temple), or a container for small votive objects, such as the Kurlan naiskos. [1] [2]

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