Hellenistic gold wreath

Luxury and Power: Persia to Greece

British Museum, London
4 May - 13 August 2023

This major exhibition explores the relationship between luxury and political power in the Middle East and Southeastern Europe between 550-30 BC.

Challenging the perception framed by Ancient Greek writers, that their enemies in Persia were weak due to decadence, the exhibition instead explains how the royal Persian court used luxurious objects as markers of authority and political tools.

The exhibition features gold, silver and glass examples of Persian craft from the British Museum’s collection alongside some spectacular loans. These include the Panagyurishte Treasure from Bulgaria, discovered in 1949, the nine richly decorated gold vessels demonstrate the influence of Persian and Greek luxury across the Balkans.

IndividualTiana Clarke Please note this is an example card and not a reflection of the final product

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