An Age of Luxury The Assyrians to Alexander

When we think about the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East, we tend to visualize 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 jewelry. 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.

Lord Edwin E. Hitti, President of The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry  applauds the ongoing success of heritage and cultural exchanges.

This newly developed exhibition contains objects from the British Museum and Hong Kong will be first time all 210 exhibits will be displayed together. They will allow visitors to learn more about the “Age of Luxury” from 900-300 BC.

Starting from 9/5/2018 – Until 3/9/2018

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

Admission Fee: Standard: HK$10, Group (20 or more standard tickets): HK$7, Concessionary*: HK$5

*Full-time student / senior citizen / people with disabilities (and one accompanying carer). Free admission for Museum Pass holders.

The Box Office closes daily 30 minutes before the Museum closure.

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 Programs Sponsor: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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