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Insights into ancient South Arabia: the collection of the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "G. Tucci" in Rome

Irene Rossi and Alexia Pavan (with a contribution by Paola D'Amore) 2015, Dedizioni, 105 pp., ISBN 978-88-95613-24-6

The collection of ancient South Arabian objects from the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale ‘Giuseppe Tucci’ has been growing larger since 1976 and includes four collections containing ceramics, sculptures, reliefs, architectural elements, inscriptions, bronze objects, terracotta figurines and coins.

This large collection is rooted in the past and owes its foundation to an important political event: the Trattato di Amicizia Italo-Yemenita signed in Ṣanʿāʾ on 2 September 1926 by the Eritrean Governor Jacopo Gasparini.

The Treaty, signed on 2 September 1926 and renewed in 1937, also mentioned the opening of hospitals in the main cities in Yemen. Thanks to the medical cooperation and the opening of Italian hospitals in the country, antiquities collections were created and brought to Italy under the approval of the Imam.

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