In collaboration with the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the Museum of Cycladic Art presented this exhibition of Ancient Bronzes from the Asian Grasslands.
The collection was first begun by Arthur M. Sackler due to his love of Chinese art. His continued interest led him to later underwrite the first serious technical analysis of the bronzes he had collected. He was fascinated by the union of art and science and the use of modern technology. This exhibition presents new and all-inclusive information about how the ornaments were produced and the craftsmen who made them. The five hundred pieces in the collection tell us of daily life on the Asian Grasslands. They tell of a harsh physical environment, artistic talent of people who primarily herded and hunted, and their love of adornment. The aesthetic revealed by the pieces in the exhibition is one of an appreciation of detail and brilliantly captures the animal world.
Dr. Sackler amassed his collection as a means of understanding the culture from which it came. It is with this intention that we presented the collection to the visitor.
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