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”Imperial Gifts” exhibition opens in Belgrade

July 31, 2013, 16:49 UTC+3
The exposition includes 50 unique artifacts which Josip Broz Tito received as gifts during meetings with members of the Royal Families of 18 countries of Europe, Asia and Africa
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BELGRADE, July 31 (Itar-Tass) - An exhibition featuring gifts which royalties gave to Josip Broz Tito, a lifelong president of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, is under way at Belgrade’s Museum of Yugoslavia’s History. The exposition titled “Imperial Gifts” opened on July 29 and will work until August 25.

The exposition includes 50 unique artifacts which Tito received as gifts during meetings with members of the Royal Families of 18 countries of Europe, Asia and Africa. The exhibits made by most favorite workshops around the globe are divided in five sections: archaeology, utilitarian and decorative items, jewelry and decorations. The exhibits date from the 7th century BC until the mid-20th century.

Precious metals, precious stones and the finest porcelain were used for their production. Through objects, photographs and documents, visitors will be familiar with the rules and customs that accompany the exchange of gifts statesmen, as this exhibition gives a more interesting stamp, according to a statement of the Museum of Yugoslav History.

The exposition also features documents and photos which introduce visitors to the rules of the Yugoslav protocol and also customs that accompany an exchange of gift by state leaders: from choice to subsequent storage.

Among the contributors are British Queen Elizabeth II, the Iranian Shah Reza Pahlavi, Greek King Paul, Cambodian Prince Sihanouk, the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, etc.

 

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