Permanent exhibition

Exhibition objects

History of the collections

Ethnography and international relations


Diplomatic gifts are often made of “typical” objects. They refer to a self-image more or less stereotyped, which was highly integrated and/or known expected. Generally rooted in the past, this picture supports the idea of continuity of people through their traditions. It contributes then to the legitimacy of nations. Its close links with the League of Nations have earned MEG many of these political donations.

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