Splendors of the Ancient East

Splendors of the Ancient East

Antiquities from The al-Sabah Collection

(In association with The al-Sabah Collection Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum)
  1. Martha L. Carter
  2. Sidney Goldstein
  • ISBN 9780500970522
  • 28.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 208pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2013

World renowned for its collection of Islamic art, the al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait also houses an important collection of ancient art. Splendors of the Ancient East presents a selection of ancient artefacts from the al-Sabah Collection, most of them reproduced for the first time.

This selection is united by the personal vision of Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and his wife, Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah. This vision is informed by a love of the beauty of these objects and an interest in the material culture of this region, from which grew some of the distinctive forms and design vocabulary of Islamic art.

Covering some 4,000 years, from the Bronze Age up to the dawn of the Islamic era, this book celebrates some of the beautiful objects created in the Near East and beyond, including Central and South Asia.

• Illustrates one hundred of the most beautiful and important ancient objects in the al-Sabah Collection, most published here for the first time
• Includes essays by five of the most prominent scholars in their fields
• Reproduces important bronzes, silverware and jewelry, ranging from Early Dynastic Mesopotamian offering stands, South Arabian figural sculptures and a large figure of a Sasanian lady, to a beaker formerly owned by the Assyrian king Esarhaddon, a gold scorpion necklace, and Hellenistic-period intaglios and cameos

Also published in association with The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Ceramics from Islamic Lands
Glass from Islamic Lands
Carpets from Islamic Lands
Al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization
Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals