‘Pearls’ exhibition opens in Brazil

The exhibition, being held at the Museu de Arte Brasileira (Brazilian Museum of Art), runs until September 28

On display are over 200 pieces of jewellery and works of art showcasing the extraordinary variety of colour and shape of natural and cultured pearls.

The exhibition will examine how pearls have been employed over centuries in both the East and the West as a symbol of status and wealth, how tastes vary in different cultures as well as the changing designs of
jewellery with pearls.

Safiya Saif al-Hajari, director of Strategic Cultural Relations at Qatar Museums, said: “The idea behind organising the ‘Pearls’ exhibition is to pay tribute to our ancestors who made many sacrifices and depended on the pearls trade to sustain their livelihood.

“Through organising this exhibition, Qatar Museums aims to enhance awareness among the Brazilian community about the significance of pearls in Qatari history. We look forward to this exciting exhibition, which highlights a common historical aspect for both Qatari and
Brazilian people.”

The exhibition supported by Qatar Petroleum International and Shell as platinum sponsors will be a highlight for the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, which aims to forge new partnerships in education, sports, creative industries and science, while promoting an awareness and appreciation of each other’s culture, achievements and heritage.

The exhibition begins with an insight into the natural history of pearls and the pearl fishing trade from across the Arabian Gulf to Europe and Asia, since Antiquity.

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