On the 24th of October, the new exhibition hall, “King Narseh Gallery,” dedicated to the five monumental sculptures of the Sassanian sovereign Narseh coming from the site of Paikuli, was inaugurated at the Slemani Museum (Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Iraq).
The new hall was created as part of the project “Grande scavo Sapienza Paikuli ” and MAIKI – Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan, with the support of the Sulaimaniyah Directorate of Antiquities, Slemani Museum, and the Ministry of the Italian Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The new exhibition hall is the tangible result of the joint effort to preserve the regional cultural heritage. The King Narseh Gallery represents, in fact, the culmination of the long-lasting collaboration between Kurdish institutions and Italian experts. It completes a museum itinerary which, thanks to the commitment of Sapienza and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, already saw the setting up of a first room (The Paikuli Gallery) dedicated to Narseh’s bilingual inscription in June 2019.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by many representatives of the KRG (Kurdistan Region Government) institutions, members of the Italian diplomatic representation in Iraq, and the Italian Consul at Erbil Michele Camerota.