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Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from the al-Sabah Collection

1 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

In celebration of the deep-rooted and unique relationship that Qatar shares with Kuwait, Qatar Museums is proud to present Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from The al-Sabah Collection.The exhibition that will feature around 170 objects, grew out of the wish of Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah to share a selection of artefacts made to celebrate the ingenious creativity of artists from the Ancient Near East. For the Islamic art historian, the material culture of the region in the centuries before Islam is a revelation, dismissing the notion that the origins of Islamic art only lie in the classical world of the Roman and Sasanian empires. When looking at the history of art in the region, a continuity of certain themes can be observed, including the stylisation of animal motifs, a taste for carved hardstones and the influence of the nomadic tribes from central Asia. Treasures such as these remain hallmarks of Islamic art even to the present day.

For more information visit Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah website.

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Wooden mummy mask with inlaid eyes. Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1540 to 1295 BCE. 13.35 x 12.98 x 7.2 cm. The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. LNS 266 W

Silver calf’s head drinking vessel with lapis lazuli horn buds. Assyria, northern Mesopotamia. 7th century BCE. 19 x 13.3 cm. The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. LNS 1279 M

Fragmentary large bronze standing ibex with dedicatory inscription cast in relief to Hawkim, a Qatabanian deity. South Arabia, probably Qataban. 2nd half of the 1st century millennium BCE. 107.5 x 56 cm. The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. LNS 1677 M

Gold spiral necklace with three scorpion pendants inlaid with banded agate and turquoise. Bactria-Margiana. Late 3rd to early 2nd millennium BCE. 3.15 x 95 x 2.6 cm. The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. LNS 3254 J

Openwork gold belt fitting in the form of a recumbent ibex. Western Eurasian steppe. 6th to 4th century BCE. 4.49 x 5.53 cm. The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. LNS 4605 J

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