Text by Jean-Francois Jarrige and Jacques Gies
Photographs by Ahmet Ertug

This unique book is dedicated to the Musee Guimet an equally unique museum of Asian art in Paris. Ahmet Ertug, passionate about oriental cultures, took both an intellectual and visual approach in the selection of 240 examples of sacred art whose large-format photographs adorn the pages of this work of art.

Foreword was written by President Chirac, essays by the museum's President and member of the French Academy Jean Francois Jarrige and by its Chinese section's curator Jacques Giès, both of whom are acknowledged to be the leading specialists in their respective fields of endeavor. Other essays are written by the curators of their sections. Individual chapters are devoted to the art of India, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Central Asia-China, Korea and Japan.

The book is a limited edition available in English or in French.

452 pages, 33 by 42 cms. Hardbound covered with Japanese cloth, presented in a special case.

This site contains selections of the work by world renowned photographer Ahmet Ertug, whose camera takes the viewer through a fantastic world of aesthetics:Great architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the 13th century mosaics of Chora and the 6-13th century frescoes of Cappadocia, the sublime buildings of Sinan, 16th century Iznik tiles, Ottoman sultans' silk kaftans, the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Buddha statues from Musée Guimet are all photographed with great passion.

Copyright Ahmet Ertug 2008