This exhibition, which was previously presented at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., brings together a remarkable group of around sixty pieces, largely from Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran, which were valuable and prestigious gifts offered to Russian Tzars or precious products imported from those regions.
The selected pieces, from the extremely rich collection held by the Kremlin in Moscow, were essential products in the life of the Russian court and were presented with great pomp at official ceremonies or religious services in the Kremlin cathedrals. This exhibition is noteworthy for being the first time that a Portuguese museum has presented these pieces, which are striking for the richness of the precious stones that decorate them, the sumptuous fabrics from which many of the objects are made, and their hitherto unprecedented originality.
The exhibition The Czars and the East will certainly constitute one of the most remarkable and original series of pieces ever presented at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
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