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 The Museo di Arte Orientale in Turin approves the purchase of a Persian codex belonging to Ethnologica

The scientific commission of the Museo di Arte Orientale (Museum of Oriental Art) in Turin, represented by Professor Ricca and Dott.ssa Giovanna Cattaneo Incisa, Chairwoman of the Fondazione Torino Musei, approved the purchase of a Persian codex belonging to Ethnologica. The text encloses the Kulliyāt ("complete works") - both in poetry and prose - of Persian poet and man of letters Mushrif al-Din di Shiraz, known by his pen name Sa'dì (1213?- 1291). Sa'di from Shiraz was one of the most important men of letters in Muslim Persia, and his work was imitated, commented upon, and translated for centuries in the Turkish-Persian Islam world (and therefore the Ottoman empire, central Asia, Mughal India), and was also available in Europe from 1600 onwards. Among others, the text of this 17th century codex includes the famous Gulistān (”The Rose Garden”), Pandnāme ("the book of wisdom"), Bustān ("The Orchard"), the Qasida ("odes") and Ghazal ("sonnets"). The manuscript includes six precious, full-page sarluh ("title pages") and eighteen minor unwan showing the beginning of each single work. On the recto of the first sheet there are some partially illegible notes of the owners. The text of the codex is complete, but there is no colophon.

"Museo Interreligioso” in Bertinoro (FC)

In 2004, Ethnologica sold the "Museo Interreligioso” of Bertinoro some rare objects of Islamic culture, amongst which a valuable 18th century Koran manuscript featuring an interlinear translation in Persian. The scientific commission of the Museum was represented by Professor Branca from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.


The brilliant intuition of a private collector!

The brilliant intuition of a private collector led him to send the photo of a gilded wooden sculpture, purchased in an antiquarian gallery, to the National Museum of Tokyo. The 66cm tall statue depicts Dianichi Nyorai, a particular personification of Buddha. Upon initial examination, experts discovered clear points in common with the works of Unkei, the most famous master of the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333). After x-raying the piece, the curator of the Museum, Tsutomu Yamamoto, discovered three dedicatory objects inside the torso of the figure, a couple of which similar to those found inside a similar sculpture, now preserved in a museum of Ashikaga, in Central Japan. The Buddha was later sold for a record 9.74 million Euros!!
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