Louvre Abu Dhabi Reports New Acquisitions

Oct 25,2018

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will unveil 11 new acquisitions in its permanent galleries and 40 new loans throughout the year including ancient, modern and contemporary masterpieces from around the world. The new acquisitions will join the 657 artworks on display along the permanent collection of the museum

The new additions include sculptures, artefacts and paintings like Matisse’s Reader on a black background and Vincent van Gogh’s The Ballroom at Arles (pictured above). Other acquisitions include

  • Four tapestries depicting The Hunts of Maximilian from an original drawing by Bernard van Orley from France (1665-74) which are part of series of tapestries currently in Musée du Louvre’s collections, depicting the hunting parties of Archduke Maximilian, the Habsburg duke of Brabant, commissioned by the Habsburg court, the new acquisition represents the hunt in September
  • Avalokiteshvara Buddhist sculpture from China (11-12th centuries) representing Guanyin, a divinity of compassion, made in the Buddhist classical form from the Song dynasty (960-1279)


Japanese Samurai armour (1707-30)


  • A rare conical helmet from Mongolia or China (13th-14th centuries), part of a medieval suit of armour reflecting Ottoman turban helmets
  • A Phoenix-headed Ewer from the Tang Dynasty, China (8th century) in white earthenware with a three-coloured glaze


Jewelled parrot from India (c 1600), a ceremonial knife 


  • A Mamluk Bowl from Egypt or Syria (late 13th or early 14th century), an example of early metalwork that flourished under the Mamluks, at a time where the inlaying tradition, one of the jewels of the arts of Islam, was developed, commissioned by Ahmad ibn Al Jundi Al Tarrab, a high ranking mamluk officer under the sultanate of Al Malik Al Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala’un (1299-1340)
  • A jeweled katar dagger from India (18th century) inlayed with 481 rubies and almost one hundred emeralds, a weapon worn at court as a symbol of wealth and power
  • A rare Albarello decorated with fleurs-de-lys from Syria or Egypt (14th-15th centuries), used for medicines or perfumes belonging to a group of Syrio-Egyptian ceramics of the Mamluk period influenced by Chinese Yuan dynasty (1268-1644) ceramics


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