Department of Oriental Art
Torino, Museo Civico di Torino, 1975
In the mid-1960s, the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino, four years from its establishment in its current form, prepared the Oriental Art and Civilization Department of the City Museum of Turin. Several items already owned by the museum were moved here, as well as those that represented the achievements of the survey and excavation campaigns conducted by the Centro Scavi di Torino in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan (according to the custom of the time, according to which a part of the excavated materials went to the government of the country where the excavations were made and another part went to the excavators). The exhibition of the Gandhara sculptures (from the excavations in the sanctuary of Butkara) and of several objects originating from the first excavations in Iraq (Seleucia and Choche) therefore rendered the Turinese museum an ideal bridge between Turin and Iraq for understanding eastern civilizations.