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THE RETURN OF LOST VALUABLES

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The exhibition presented 240 articles of silver from Lithuania, Russia and other countries, manufactured from the late 18th to the second half of the 20th century. These include cutlery, candlesticks, tableware, and jewellery. 

The centre story of the exhibition detailed how the exhibits found their way to the museum. Following the re-establishment of Lithuania’s independence, in 1990–1992 the Bank of Lithuania, seeking to use depreciating roubles and protect cultural valuables, bought articles of precious metals and scrap metal from antique shops. In total, the bank bought 20.94 kg of gold and 197.97 kg of silver for 12.61 million roubles. On 27 March 2000, a dedicated commission, jointly with museum employees, picked out the items and coins of historical and cultural value and added them to the museum collections. The exhibition also showcased a gold watch which was gifted to Lithuania by a resident of the Russian city of Kaluga, Yevgeny Nikolayev, in support of the Lithuanian nation and in protest against the policy conducted by his country.

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Last updated: 2021-08-10