It is my pleasure to inform you that the inauguration of the exhibition The Throne of the Queen of Sheba. Culture and diplomacy between Italy and Yemen will take place at the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome on October 10th, 2012. The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Oriental Art, the Italian Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Italy in collaboration with the Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen and Monumenta Orientalia.
The exhibition is part of a series of events within Project Yemen 2012 aimed at honoring the relationships between Italy and Yemen. The initial event was an international conference on the Activity of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen 1984-2010 held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 11th, 2012.
The exhibition will display for the first time the important South Arabian collection of the National Museum of Oriental Art. Many artworks were collected in Yemen between 1929 and 1939 by Italian physicians who worked in the country following the Agreement of Cooperation and Friendship signed on September 2nd, 1926 by Imam Yahya and the Governor of Eritrea Jacopo Gasparini.
The exhibition is organized into three sections Documents, From Sana’a to Rome and The Queen of Sheba and her Throne that present not only archaeological and artistic objects, but also important documents of ethnographic and historical value. Such documents witness the strong relationship between Italy and Yemen dating from the end of the 19th century. Italy was the first country to establish formal diplomatic relations with Yemen through the Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations signed between Italy and Yemen in Sana’a on September 2nd, 1926. At present, Italy is one of the leading European countries that maintain strong ties with Yemen as a member of the association Friends of Yemen that supports the country in its current political transition and aims to strengthen tourism in the region.
The Throne of the Queen of Sheba. Culture and diplomacy between Italy and Yemen will be open to the public from October 11th, 2012 to January 13th, 2013. Tues, Wed, Fri from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM; Thurs, Sat, Sun and Holidays from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM. Closed on Monday.
I hope that you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition,
Sabina Antonini de Maigret