Pictured below are four pieces of the over 30,000 pieces of the Al-Sabah collection, which is art collected from Spain to China from the 1st - 14th century. The collection, started by Sheik Nasser and Sheika Hussah (members of the Royal family), was fortunately on it's way out of the country during the 1990 invasion. Most of the collection has survived (thanks largely to the Russians who kept it safely).
Monday night I was at a Art Lecture at the Dar Al-Athar Al-Ishlamiyah (the DAR for short) which is the cultural organization that manages the private collection and also has free lectures on Art, Music and other cool things. As I was listening to the lecture on Ceramics from the Middle East, I was overwhelmed by the thought that most Americans (and Canadians and maybe Germans) only think of Iraq or Afghanistan as places for war, not for the cultural heart of Islamic art that it is.
I just took a minute to google "Destruction of Art during Invasion in Kuwait" for more information. Here's a bit of it for your edification: