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Special Exhibitions



An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander

9/5/2018 - 3/9/2018

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 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.

Docent Service of Special Exhibition (PDF)

Public Guided Tour Schedule (PDF)

Educational Pamphlet

Furniture fitting
North West Palace, Nimrud, Iraq
900 – 800 BC
Copper alloy
British Museum N.147

Decorative plaque
Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, Iraq
900 – 700 BC
British Museum 1961,0211.3

Jar in the shape of a woman
Sippar, Iraq
700 – 600 BC
British Museum 1882,0918,A.4

Flask for perfumed oil
Takht-i Kuwad, Tajikistan
500 – 400 BC
British Museum 1897,1231.16

Bottle for perfumed oil
Sidon, Lebanon
50 BC – AD 50
Glass, gold leaf
British Museum 1895,0602.1

Wall Panel Relief
North Palace, Nineveh, Iraq
645 – 635 BC
British Museum 1856,0909.52

Carved vessel
Isis Tomb, Vulci, Italy
700 – 600 BC
Ostrich eggshell
British Museum 1850,0227.7

Coin depicting Alexander the Great
Pergamum, Turkey
306 – 281 BC
British Museum 1896,0703.85

9/5/2018 – 3/9/2018

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 will be closed 30 minutes before the Museum closes.

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