One day before my fellowship admission ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, I was sitting in my room and surfing the net. I found that a museum in Glasgow, the Burrell Collection, houses some artifacts from Mesopotamia.
That’s great! I hired a taxi and went there. I arrived at 10:30 AM. It lies within Pollok Country Park, about 5 kilometers south of the Glasgow city center. In the year 1944 CE, Sir William Burrell, a Scottish philanthropist, art collector, and shipping merchant donated this magnificent collection of a multitude of artifacts to the city of Glasgow. The building is L-shaped and was opened in 1983 CE.
I was the very first visitor that day! The entry is free. Once you enter, you will see the information desk and some gift shops. The employees were very friendly; I told them that I came from Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), and I want to see the Mesopotamian artifacts.
Next to the Burrell shop is a small courtyard. It houses the Warwick vase and some bronze statues.
I passed through a façade of a building and found myself within the Ancient Egypt hall and then the section on Ancient Greece and Rome. The Mesopotamian artifacts were few and were displayed within two glass cases near the Hutton Castel Drawing Room. Thereafter, the Chinese, Medieval Europe, and Islamic collections appear. The Burrell Collection houses more than 700 stained glass panels, a collection that is considered one of the greatest assemblies of medieval stained glass in the whole world. There was a very neat café; I sat and enjoyed my hot drink.
Without the generosity of the late Sir Burrell, this marvelous collection of world-wide art would have not been accessible. I spent a wonderful and unforgettable time! Viva Glasgow!
The Warwick Vase
Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet
Tomb of an Espes Knight
Medieval Full-Plate Armour
The Holy Trinity
Tang Dynasty Ram
Scenes from the life of St. John
Hutton Castel Drawing Room
By Osama S. M. Amin
Osama graduated from Baghdad University, College of Medicine and was the valedictorian student in internal medicine. He got membership diplomas of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) and Glasgow (MRCP Glasg) and then became Board-certified in neurology. Osama is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCP Glasg), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London FRCP Lond), and Fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (FAHA). Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Clinical School of the International Medical University, Malaysia. Osama published more than 50 articles in international peer-reviewed neurology journals and 5 self-assessment books for the membership diploma of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom and Ireland. He is an associate editor, guest editor, reviewer and former editor-in-chief in several international peer-reviewed internal medicine and neurology journals. Osama is very interested in Mesopotamian history and always tries to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world. He is a contributor/team member of "Medical MasterClass," the online educational arm of the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK.