The exhibit includes earthenware, furnishings, objects for daily use, helms and shields, coins, devotional statues and icons, dating from prehistory through the 17th century. In terracotta and ceramic, bronze, copper and iron, marble and wood, the objects document not only the daily customs of a people but also its cultural and esthetic values, its traditions and its spiritual life.
Titled 'Treasures of the Albanian Cultural Identity', the show seeks to rediscover and promote the European component of Albanian culture. ''It is a way to let the Italian public know about Albanian art and culture as we celebrate the centennial of our independence,'' Albanian ambassador to Italy, Llesh Kola, told reporters at the show's press launch.
The exhibit is divided into three sections. ''The prehistoric age, from the Neolithic to the Archaic age; antiquity, which goes from the fifth century to the high Middle Ages, and the Byzantine era,'' curator Apollon Bace explained.
The show, which will be inaugurated Tuesday by the Albanian minister of tourism, culture, youth, and sport, Aldo Bumci, by Albanian Foreign Minister Edmond Panariti, and by Italian Minister of Culture Lorenzo Ornaghi, is on view in Rome through January 6. After that it travels to Turin's Palazzo Madama, where it remains through April 7, 2013. (ANSAmed).