Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands

from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation

January 23 2010 - March 28 2010
This exhibition presents for the first time a major sampling of the steppe art from the renowned collections of the late Arthur M. Sackler, M.D. The eighty five works illustrate the personal decorations and equipment of the horse-riding steppe dwellers of the late second and first millennia BCE. The bronze belt buckles, plaques and weapons of these ancient horsemen are ornate, technically sophisticated, and richly patterned. Animal motifs including antlered stags, wild boars, and birds of prey are a primary theme. The exhibition reveals how these steppe cultures used the animal world as a source of symbols to indicate tribe, social rank and connection to the spirit world.

Education Guide for Teachers and Parents

Exhibition Lecture and Reception:

featuring Dr. Trudy S. Kawami, Director of Research for the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Rescheduled for February 5, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Docent and Teacher Training:

featuring Dr. Trudy S. Kawami
Rescheduled for February 4, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

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