An exhibit of artwork found in Saudi Arabia, dating back to the 4th Millennium BCE will be opening at the Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, November 17 and running to February 24. The exhibit, “Roads of Arabia“, will then tour several other American cities. Given that the other galleries and museums aren’t named, I have to assume the contracts aren’t signed yet. That’s not terribly unusual as there’s still nearly six months before the exhibit moves.

Above: Anthropomorphic stele; El-Maakir-Qaryat al-Kaafa, near Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, 4th millennium B.C.E; Sandstone; H x W: 92 x 21 cm; National Museum, Riyadh.

Hundreds of Saudi relics to be on display in U.S. museum
Al Arabiya

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is gearing up for an exhibition in the United States showcasing the Kingdom’s ancient and modern history, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

“Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages” will be hosted from the 15th of November at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, Saudi-based Arab News said.

The Sackler Museum in the Smithsonian Institute is one of five museums in the United States that are scheduled to host the exhibition over a period of two years.

Relics will travel to the United States from a museum in Berlin, where they are currently on display.

The exhibition is set to feature over 320 rare archaeological objects covering Saudi Arabia’s Paleolithic period (one million BC) until the foundation of the modern country in 1932.


October:22:2012 - 04:58 | Comments & Trackbacks (2) | Permalink
2 Responses to “Saudi Antiquities to Tour US”
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    Chiara Said:
    October:22:2012 - 05:14 

    I just checked the website you linked, and it seems Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco are the other cities on the tour.

    This is likely a touring version of the brilliant exhibit done through the Louvre a couple of years ago.

    It is well worth seeing, based on tte research I did for my blog posts on the initial Louvre efforts and exhibit, which had the same title.

    Now, to pick a relevent US city in which to visit this exhibit closer to home. :)

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    John Burgess Said:
    October:22:2012 - 07:25 

    @Chiara: Thanks! Somehow, I couldn’t find the names. And I guess it’s time for you to start lobbying Ottawa to bring the exhibit closer to you!

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