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University of Hawaii at Manoa


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Georg von Békésy's Art Collection

Photo scanned from The Georg Von Békésy Collection

 

 

This page shows examples of objects in Georg von Békésy's art collection. Upon his death in 1972, the entire collection was donated to the Nobel Foundation. The Foundation performed a thorough assessment of the objects in the collection and published a volume from which all the the pictures and text on this page are excerpted:

The Georg von Békésy Collection
Selected objects from the collection of George von Békésy bequeathed to the Nobel Foundation
Edited by Jan Wirgin
Copyright © 1974 by The Nobel Foundation, Stockholm
ISBN 91-7004-0486

 

 

 

Female statuette of baked clay
Height 9.6 cm.
End of the 6th millenium B.C.
Anatolia.
(front view)

 

 

Female statuette of baked clay
Height 9.6 cm.
End of the 6th millenium B.C.
Anatolia.
(side view)

 

 

Jug of Gold
Height 18 cm; weight 435 grs.
2300-2100 B.C.
Central Anatolia, probably Alaca Hüyük.

 

 

 

Baboon of limestone and silver
Height 19.5 cm.
Late Period, Egypt.

Ceremonial axe of bronze
Length 18.4; width of blade 8.4; shaft height 5.9; upper diameter 1.7, lower diameter 1.8 cm.
12-10th century B.C.
Luristan.
Bracelet of silver
Diameter 6.5-7.1 cm.
Late 5th-early 4th century B.C. Achaemenid.
Iran?

 

 

Anthropomorphic tube of bronze
Height 18.2 cm; width 5.7 cm.
8th century B.C.
Luristan

 

 

Bottle of greenish glass
Height 7.7 cm.
9th-10th century.
Persia.

 

 

 

Koran page with tuluth and kufic script
Height 45 cm; width 33 cm.
Dated 1347 A.D.
Probably Arabic.

 

 

 

 

Polychrome painted dish of glazed pottery
Diameter 25.5 cm
Late 16th or early 17th century
Anatolia

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