The Condinnori Museum, usually only referred to as the Condinnori, is a present day Nabalean museum of anthropology and natural history. It is the longest continually operated museum, having only temporarily closed twice in its 700 year existence. Almost 13,000 meters² (139,000 ft²) of exhibit space house a diverse variety of rare artifacts from both Premandrian and Mandrian Amfal, including some of the most well known relics and fossilized remains in the world. Occasionally, it features art exhibits courtesy of the Smithburg Collection and the Imperial Art Institute. The gallery attracts over 4.6 million visitors annually.
The Red PageEdit
The Red Page is perhaps the most acclaimed exhibit in the Condinnori. The tattered parchment fragment is the bloodstained page from the Book of the Doomed with the name Mandri Sivoy etched amidst a pageful of others. The word “heresy” is penned next to his name in what appears to be dried blood. The texture and composition of the parchment, through tireless scrutinity, have been found to be consistent with other pages from the book. Efforts to test the blood have been blocked by religious groups in the name of preserving their divine contents.
The museum contains one of the most comprehensive collections of Edlar Vagan's art in existence. The artwork display is a provisional exhibition on loan from the Imperial Art Institute, albeit the "temporary" exhibition has been ongoing for nearly 30 years now. The majority of the items on display, some 80 pieces, are from Vagan's Revealist era. Festival and Portrait of a Beggar Girl are two prime examples of this style as manifested in the artist's acute attention to detail. His intricate panoramas of Mandrian court life reinforced the popular notions of vanity and excesses within the First Godking Court as detailed in the Book of the Inmost Ward. The decadence of early Godking rule contrasts sharply with the harsh, puritanical court of his predecessors, as suggested in Emore's Witnesses, another prominent Revealist composition.
The tritonnoch, also known as Tritonnochia lasamith, is one of the most recent additions to the Condinnori. The fossilized skeletal remains of the 30 foot tall beast towers over visitors in the new Limmorol Wing of the museum. The extinction of the creature was believed to have occurred as recently as 500 to 700 years ago. A few skeptics remain adamant that the display is nothing more than a mismatched collection of bones to validate various religious references, especially since these are the only remains of such a creature ever to have been unearthed. An excerpt from the Book of the Inmost Ward recounts the Godking riding one into battle, though many scholars say that the story was grossly embellished.
The museum's early reputation suffered considerably when it came into possession of a number of fake and forged artifacts that the curators believed to be genuine (see Moaog's Hand Hoax). The authenticity of a number of the Condinnori's other artifacts came into question as a result. Validition techniques have improved since the incident and the museum's reputation has subsequently recovered.