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In pictures: Pieces from the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection

April 8, 2013

Buddha head: This white marble head is from Northern China during the Eastern Wei Dynasty (534-550 CE) or Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 CE). The faithful are said to have buried these heads to keep themselves from danger. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Thierr???
Buddha head: This white marble head is from Northern China during the Eastern Wei Dynasty (534-550 CE) or Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 CE). The faithful are said to have buried these heads to keep themselves from danger. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Thierr???
The Gypsy: Édouard Manet, a pivotal figure in realism and impressionism, was one of the first 19th-century painters to tackle modernism. This is an oil painting from the 1860s. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Thierry Ollivier
The Gypsy: Édouard Manet, a pivotal figure in realism and impressionism, was one of the first 19th-century painters to tackle modernism. This is an oil painting from the 1860s. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Thierry Ollivier
Equestrian Portraitof Maharao Sheodan Singh of Alwar: This watercolour with gold highlights on paper is an example of Moghul and Rajput painting, which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. This 1863 piece comes from Alwar in Rajasthan. Louvre Abu Dh???
Equestrian Portraitof Maharao Sheodan Singh of Alwar: This watercolour with gold highlights on paper is an example of Moghul and Rajput painting, which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. This 1863 piece comes from Alwar in Rajasthan. Louvre Abu Dh???
Portrait of a Lady: Believed to be a portrait of Natalie Paley, a 20th-century socialite, this painting by the great Pablo Picasso from 1928 has never been shown to the public before. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Agence photo F / Succession Picasso 2013
Portrait of a Lady: Believed to be a portrait of Natalie Paley, a 20th-century socialite, this painting by the great Pablo Picasso from 1928 has never been shown to the public before. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Agence photo F / Succession Picasso 2013
Bactrian Princess: From Central Asia during the late third millennium BCE or the early second millennium BCE. The body and headdress are made from chlorite and the face is made of calcite. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Thierry Ollivier
Bactrian Princess: From Central Asia during the late third millennium BCE or the early second millennium BCE. The body and headdress are made from chlorite and the face is made of calcite. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi / Thierry Ollivier
A Young Emir Studying: An oil on canvas by the Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey from 1878. Bey was a prolific painter and also director of the Academy of Fine Arts, which provided Ottomans with training in aesthetics and artistic techniques. Courtesy Louvr???
A Young Emir Studying: An oil on canvas by the Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey from 1878. Bey was a prolific painter and also director of the Academy of Fine Arts, which provided Ottomans with training in aesthetics and artistic techniques. Courtesy Louvr???
Soninke/Djennenke figure: The 76cm wood statuette is from the Bandiagara region of Mali. This figure is an important part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection because it accurately depicts the human form. It is dated between 1228 and 1295. Courtesy Louvre A???
Soninke/Djennenke figure: The 76cm wood statuette is from the Bandiagara region of Mali. This figure is an important part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection because it accurately depicts the human form. It is dated between 1228 and 1295. Courtesy Louvre A???