The National Museum to Reopen on Oct 1
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will reopen its permanent galleries on October 1, 2020, and unveil the landmark exhibition, Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from The Al-Sabah Collection, in its Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
Drawn from the extraordinary holdings assembled in Kuwait by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah more than 170 objects provide a sweeping overview of the artistic and material culture of the ancient world, while also revealing new insights into the roots of Islamic art.
The objects selected for Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from The Al-Sabah Collection range in date from the third millennium BCE to the fifth century CE and they include jewellery and adornments (rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, buckles, and buttons), household furnishings (bowls, beakers, jars, ewers, cups, rhytons, bottles, dishes, and rugs), anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines and ritual objects, decorative elements and carved gemstones and seals.
The objects in the exhibition are made with materials including gold, silver, bronze, lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquoise, garnet, agate, amethyst, pearl, diamond crystals, glass, ivory, alabaster and enamel. The use of such precious materials, and the exquisite workmanship of these artefacts, have made it possible for these objects to be preserved and treasured for millennia. They now testify to an artistic heritage that flourished in the Gulf region and nourished the later achievements of Islamic art.
Additionally, visitors should present the Ehteraz virus-tracing app with its “green” health status on, and also bring and wear face masks for the duration of their visit.