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An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander

9/5/2018 – 3/9/2018

Special Exhibition Gallery and 1/F Main Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly presented by
Leisure & Cultural Services Department
The Trustees of the British Museum

Jointly organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History
The British Museum

Education and Extension Programmes Sponsor
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

When we think about the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, we tend to visualise the monumental architectural remains of palaces, gardens and city walls. These places were once alive with the wealthy ruling classes and filled with precious and luxurious objects such as metalwork, stone wall-reliefs, ivories, gems and jewellery. The period from 900 to 300 BC was an age when such luxurious goods were made and traded from India to the Mediterranean. Mighty empires, the Assyrians, Babylonians and Achaemenids, created elites that demanded exotic, luxurious and opulent objects to display their social status. As a result, cheaper imitations of luxury goods were also created. Ultimately the wealth of the Achaemenid empire proved to be an irresistible prize for Alexander the Great. His spectacular military success meant he eventually ruled territories from Greece to India and as a result Greek art and culture spread throughout the Middle East.

This newly developed exhibition contains objects from the British Museum and it is the first time all 210 exhibits being displayed in Hong Kong. They allow visitors to learn more about the "Age of Luxury" from 900-300 BC.