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Re-Discovering a Forgotten Treasure: the Georg von Békésy Collection of Art Books: Art Objects

Art Objects

Georg von Békésy's collection of art was bequeathed to the Nobel Foundation in 1972. It is currently divided among several museums in Sweden. The Nobel Foundation published a catalog of selected works from von Békésy's collection -- The Georg von Békésy Collection: Selected Objects from the Collection of George von Békésy Bequeathed to the Nobel Foundation. Edited by Jan Wirgin. Malmo: Allhem, 1974. ISBN 91-7004-0486.

Selected Art Objects

Jug of gold

Jug of gold

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

Bust of bronze

Bust of bronze

Height 24.4; wideth 17.8; thickness 8.1 cm.
4th century A.D. Sasanian.
Iran?

Polychrome painted dish of glazed pottery

Polychrome painted dish of glazed pottery

Diameter 25.5 cm
Late 16th or early 17th century
Anatolia

Calligraphy: Handscroll

Calligraphy: Handscroll

Length 1072 cm; width 41.5 cm.
Ming dynasty. Signed Chu Yun-ming (1460-1526).
China.

The Green Tara. Sculpture of gilt bronze

The Green Tara. Sculpture of gilt bronze

Height 12 cm.
17th-18th century.
Tibet.

Ewer of negoro lacquer

Ewer of negoro lacquer

Height 37.5 cm.
Momoyama period. Late 16th century.
Japan.

 

Three album leaves painted in lacquer colours on paper

Three album leaves painted in lacquer colours on paper

Width 17 cm; height 19 cm.
By Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891).
Japan.

Gold statuette

Gold statuette

Height 8.9 cm.
Peru.

Wooden dance mask

Wooden dance mask

Height 52.0 cm.
Eastern Bapende tribe, western Zaire.