Western Asiatic Antiquities: The Burrell Collection

Western Asiatic Antiquities: The Burrell Collection

Western Asiatic Antiquities: The Burrell Collection

Western Asiatic Antiquities: The Burrell Collection

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The art of Western Asia, where some of the earliest cultural and artistic activities of the ancient world occurred, is represented in the Burrell Collection by a wide and fairly comprehensive coverage.

The various artefacts provide evidence for craftmanship and in some cases have historical significance. The early periods of Mesopotamian culture are shown by Sumerian statuettes, stone animal vases, stamp seals and amulets. The pieces of relief sculpture which once formed part of a series of wall slabs decorating the palaces of Assyrian kings are a direct link to historical and biblical periods. Contemporary with the Assyrians were the inhabitants of Luristan in Western Iran, famous for the production of a range of bronze work such as horse trappings, standards, implements and vessels which form an important section of the collection. A few items from Cyprus give a hint of the ancient art of this island with its close ties and trade links with the Asiatic mainland.

The catalogue will bring together this part of Sir William Burrell's Collection and present it in a comprehensive form of interest and use to layman and scholars alike. In having Dr. Edgar Peltenburg to write the catalogue, Glasgow Museums and the Burrell Collection in particular have been fortunate in obtaining the service of a scholar of international repute.

Rosemary Watt Keeper Burrell Collection.

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