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Glasgow Museums has an extensive collection of world art. It comprises over 10,000 objects dating from about 4000 BC to the present.
This collection encompasses jewellery, sculpture, glass, paintings, ceramics and textiles from Ancient Egyptian and Andean cultures. It also holds Ancient Greek and Roman artefacts, including red figured vases, terracotta masks and figurines, and an extensive collection of Chinese objects, such as funerary art, jades, bronzes and ceramics. Other items, including ceramics, textiles, paintings and sculptures, represent the indigenous cultures of the Americas, Oceania and Africa, and the cultural and religious history of Islam, the Middle East and Central and South East Asia. More contemporary material includes Uzbek and Turkmen Suzani textiles, an 1878 Japanese Government gift to the City of Glasgow, of 1150 objects, and Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and porcelain sake cups painted by Zengoro. The collection of late 20th-century Australian Aboriginal art contains work by renowned artists such as Paddy Sims, Lindsay Bird Mpetyane, Dowidi and Marti Napagka. There are also contemporary artworks by the Japanese artist Masami Teraoka, the South Korean artist Hong Song-Dam and multi-media sculptures by the Linares Family from Mexico. The collection also has the only contemporary Benin cast brass sculpture in a UK museum collection, and the UK’s most significant collection of paintings by Chimbu artist Matthias Kauage of Papua New Guinea.