Musée du Louvre, Paris

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The Louvre in Paris is arguably the most famous museum in the world and hardly needs an introduction. Our focus here is parts of its vast collections which should be of particular interest for the study of the Silk Road: the Near Eastern Antiquities and Islamic Art collections. (The major French collections of Asian art are not in the Louvre but in the Musée Guimet for which there is a separate set of pages in Silk Road Seattle's featured museums.) The Louvre's website is available in French, English and Japanese. Links here are to the pages in English.

My photographs here in many cases duplicate what is available for the same objects on the Louvre website; in those instances I provide a link, with preference given to the detailed descriptions of their Selected Works in English. However, in a good many cases the museum's website does not yet have an image or my image may present a different detail or view. Note that while the museum's recent photos are of excellent quality, in the larger Atlas database some photos are older and sub-standard. My own photos naturally are limited by gallery lighting, reflection off of glass, etc.; while I have tried to adjust colors for accuracy, as noted in my captions there are a few glaring cases of discrepancy with what the museum has posted.

All photographs were taken in March 2007 and are copyright © Daniel C. Waugh. They may be used for non-profit educational purposes, but please ask permission first, since that helps me track the value of this material. I am generally not in the business of selling rights to higher resolution images even where I have them; for such queries, please contact the Museum's permission department and obtain photographs directly from them.

Last modified April 2007.