CaixaForum Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Luxury objects have been commissioned, crafted and cherished for millennia. Ancient luxuries were precious, pleasurable and opulent items – widely coveted and used to demonstrate power and status. This exhibition explores why there was an increase in the production and variety of luxury items after 900 BC, and reveals how luxuries were used and traded by the early empires of the ancient Near East, including Assyria, Babylon and Iran. Visitors will encounter objects made from stone, gold and silver to clay and glass, and from large Assyrian sculpture to small, exquisite treasures.