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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Exhibition from Russia with love
A flask from India, dating from the 17th Century will be displayed
A jewel encrusted flask and a silver mounted drinking horn covered in pearls are to go on display in a major exhibition on Islamic art in Edinburgh.

Beyond the Palace Walls, Islamic Art, is on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

The exhibition features 200 artefacts from the Tsar's Winter Palace, some dating from the 8th Century and many never seen outside Russia.

It runs from Friday until 5 November at the Royal Museum in Chambers Street.

Beyond the Palace Walls showcases examples of decorative arts including textiles, embroideries, glass, metalwork and jewels, and the stories behind them.

The star piece of the exhibition is an imperial tent from Ottoman Turkey, which visitors will be able to enter and view its "magnificent" embroideries.

The 18th Century campaign tent would have been used by the most senior officers of the Ottoman Empire.

Its interiors are richly decorated with jewel-coloured embroidery and gold ribbon lattice windows.

Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson said: "Beyond the Palace Walls is an eclectic and intriguing collection of treasures.

"I am delighted that the National Museums of Scotland is cultivating relationships in order to bring these and other exceptional exhibits to Scotland."

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