Until September 30, 2019, the MuCiv - Museo delle Civiltà will host "Antico Siam Lo Splendore dei Regni Thai" (Ancient Siam. The Splendor of the Thai Kingdoms) in the Salone delle Scienze of the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”. The exhibition completes the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and Thailand, formalized with a treaty, ratified by the Chamber of Deputies of the Reign of Italy in 1869.
"Antico Siam" is mainly focused on the Thai art collections of the museum, and is enhanced by a selection of works from other Roman collections of Thai art, or linked to figures of eminent Italians who worked in Thailand at the time of the Treaty and in the immediately following decades.
The exhibited works illustrate different aspects of the creativity and culture of the people who, in the course of millennia, inhabited the regions of Thailand, from the beginning of the local Neolithic Age (ca. 2200-1100 BC) to 1911, the year in which Siam exhibited its artistic and industrial production at the Turin International Exposition.
Particularly important, among the historical documents on display, is the original of the "Treaty of Friendship and Commerce" of 1868, exhibited by courtesy of the Unit of Analysis, Programming, Statistics and Historical Documentation of the General Secretariat of the MAECI.
Finally, a particular aspect is linked to the Italian interest for the Thailand most ancient archeologic periods. For the first time, various Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age artefacts will be exhibited, coming from sites excavated in the Province of Lopburi, including clay pots adorned with mysterious decorative motifs placed in the Neolithic Age grave goods.
Among the Thai works presented: a sukhothai style Buddha's head (Khampaeng School-pet) in cast bronze "lost wax" on a terracotta core (XV-XVI centuries); an ayutthaya style figurine depicting the cast bronze "lost wax" Buddha on a terracotta core, traces of gilding (XV century); a head of ayutthaya style Buddha in painted and gilded stucco, glass and mother of pearl (16th-17th centuries); Tho song taeng, container for cosmetics, ointments or perfumes, decorated with repeated floral motifs, in metal alloy and polychrome enamels and bencharong-lai nam thong gold (Rattanakosin Period, ca. 1809-1824); a Buddha in a monastic habit, with both hands in the gesture of reassurance (abhayamudra), on a gilded bronze lotus pedestal (18th century); a Buddha in royal vestments (song kruang yai) on a lotus flower cushion placed on a pedestal and protected by a tall parasol (chattra, symbol of royalty) in mature rattanakosin style in gilded bronze, mirror tiles, red pigment (century XIX); a cinerary urn (chedi) in gilded copper alloy and lacquered on a wood core, red and green glasses, mirror tiles, quartz and silver (late 19th century); a pair of phan ratthamnun, cups on pedestals decorated with lotus flower petals, used for presenting offerings to the Buddha or to high-ranking figures, made of lacquered and gilded wood, gilded copper alloy, red and green glasses and quartz ( late 19th century); a silver stick handle finely decorated with a scene depicting two divine creatures (thewada) dancing in the sky, (late 19th-early 20th century); a mask of the khon theater depicting the demon Tosakanth, in papier mache, copper, colors, gold leaf, glass (20th century); eighty-three beads for necklace of different material and type (modern setting) of the Proto-Dvaravati Period (III-VI centuries AD) - Dvaravati (VI-XI centuries AD), in carnelian, agate, quartz, glass, glass paste.
Dal 18 maggio al 30 settembre 2019 - prorogata al 17 novembre 2019
martedì-domenica ore 8.00-19.00
La biglietteria chiude 30 minuti prima