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Eni unveiled the Algerian Mosaic 'Indian Triumph of Dionysus' following its restoration and re-composition of the border


The restoration follows the Protocol of agreement signed on 16 July 2006 between Eni, the Algerian Ministry of Culture and the University of Roma Tre under the High Patronage of the Italian Embassy in Algiers

 

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San Donato Milanese (Mi), 8 November 2009 – The ceremony for the debut of the mosaic "Indian Triumph of Dionysus", took place today in the presence of the Algerian Minister of Culture, Khalida Toumi.  The mosaic was restored thanks to the collaboration between Eni, the Algerian Ministry of Culture, the University of Roma Tre and the National Archaeological Museum of Sétif, where the masterpiece is displayed.

The restoration follows the Protocol of agreement signed on 16 July 2006 between Eni, the Algerian Ministry of Culture and the University of Roma Tre under the High Patronage of the Italian Embassy in Algiers, which ratified their cooperation for the restoration and training of Algerian technicians.

Restoration of the mosaic, which dates back to the third century AD and which represents a unique artistic work in the history of Algerian mosaics, began in October 2008 and was carried out in two parts:  the re-composition of the border, which has been kept in fragments in the storeroom of the National Archaeological Museum since the 1970s, and the restoration of the central panel.

The restoration was made possible by the collaboration between the Italian restoration experts (CSR Restauro), the archaeologists of the University of Roma Tre and the Algerian apprentice restorers.  The apprentices came from the Museums of Sétif, Chechell, Tipazia and Djamila which for the duration of the restoration, have benefited from the institution of a formal school offering theoretical and above all practical training.

 

The initiative represents the first step toward a plan for the cultural revival and tourism development of the areas of Setif and nearby Djemila (the old Roman city of Cuicul), which house a large number of mosaics from the excavation of the old site.

This initiative represents another example of the Eni's commitment to the sustainability of development in every field of activity. This commitment also translates, as in this case, into the preservation and support of the cultural heritage of the countries where the company operates, taking part in both the conservation and rejuvenation of material goods, and promoting measures in protection of the heritage represented by the cultural traditions of places and people.

The protection of the unique heritage of the countries' in which Eni works, represents the possibility of creating opportunities for the economic and social development for the local communities.

 

 

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