On 07 June 2013 at 10:00

Art of the Ancient Near East in the 4th to 2nd Millennia BCE: Scorpions, Snakes and Bulls, Oh My!

Dr. Sidney Goldstein

The extraordinary collection of Art from Islamic lands assembled by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah is known worldwide for its treasures. Selections from that collection have traveled the world in special exhibitions to the delight of hundreds of thousands of visitors. Little known and virtually unpublished is a collection of earlier material from this same region. For decades, The al-Sabah Collection has expanded its holdings with objects that are preserved from the rich cultures in the Near East from the 4th Millennium BCE to the 3rd century CE. Objects formed of costly materials are inspiring; some with inscriptions assist our understanding of wealth, commerce and conflict. The al-Sabah Collection contains material that spans enormous geographical distances from Egypt and Anatolia in the West to the Indus valley in the East and from Northern Anatolia, south of the Caucasus Mountains to the Red Sea. For the first time, a selection of these objects has been presented in an exhibition that opened in early April in Kuwait City. It was accompanied by a symposium and three related exhibitions. This presentation will introduce some of these objects and the challenge of interpretation.



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On 07 June 2013 at 10:00

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Dr. Sidney Goldstein

Dr Sidney Goldstein is considered as one of the world specialists on antique glass. From 1973 to 1983, he was the chief curator of Corning Museum of Glass (USA), the world's largest glass museum. Until his retirement nearly 4 years ago, he was Associate Director and Curator of Ancient and Islamic Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum.