‘Buried treasure’ on show at World’s Cultures Expo

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is organising an exhibition called Treasures of the World’s Cultures featuring more than 250 objects based on ‘buried treasure’ and artwork from around the world.

The event is the second of a series of exhibitions in the lead up to the opening of Zayed National Museum and is held in partnership with the British Museum, Al Ain National Museum and Sharjah Archeology Museum.

Images supplied by Trustees of the British Museum.


“This exhibition shares an underlying theme with Abu Dhabi’s cultural ambitions as both embody the desire to safekeep treasures of the past, for the present and the future. This guardianship of ambitious cultural undertakings will also be reflected in the world-class institutions planned for Saadiyat including Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi,” said HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

The exhibition tells the story of more than two million years of human life, from Islamic art and tools made in East Africa during the Old Stone Age to masterpieces from Renaissance Europe, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, free from April 18-July 17.

Among the objects is a letter from the ruler of Amurru to the king of Egypt, from el-Amarna, Egypt, Middle-Babylonian, 14th century BCE, two mosque lamps, Egypt, 1350-355 CE, glass, enamelled and gilded; a necklace and pendant with keshi pearl, designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., 1985, made by Nakao-so Studio, Japan, 2006, and a Woman’s Cloth, 2001, El Anatsui (Ghanian, born 1944), made from metal foil bottle tops and copper wire.

Images supplied by Trustees of the British Museum.

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