Gold: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

Opulent gold items dating from the Bronze Age to the 20th century are used to explore the myriad of uses of this rare and precious and metal.

Tiger’s head from the throne of Tipu Sultan Royal Collection Trust. © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Tiger’s head from the throne of Tipu Sultan

Beaten into thin leaves and applied to furniture and illuminated manuscripts, or cast and shaped into cups and boxes, gold has been put to use by artists in many different ways since it was first worked into decorative form over 5000 years ago. Not only is it a rare and precious material, it is incorruptible as it does not tarnish, leading it to become associated with the earthly and divine.

This exhibition in Bath brings together series of items from the impressive Royal Collection that celebrate the symbolic power of Gold and the way it has been used in art.


Venue details

The Holburne Museum Great Pulteney Street, Bath Somerset BA2 4DB 01225 388588 www.holburne.org

Entry details

£4 with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.50)

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan