Saudi Arabia/USA: A Piece of the Kingdom comes to WDC

Mark your calendars during the period of  November 17, 2012 through February 24, 2013 and especially if you are in or near Washington, DC, USA.  At that time, the Sackler Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute of Museums will feature an exhibition which showcases the Kingdom’s ancient and modern history.  The exhibit is called “Roads of Arabia:  Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

More than 320 objects will be on display at the Sackler Museum.  The objects on display will cover from Saudi Arabia’s Paleolithic period (one million BC) up to the official founding of Saudi Arabia in 1932.  Elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware, heavy gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues testify to a lively mercantile and cultural interchange among distant civilizations.

The event has been organized by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism  and is the first time that such a large exhibition of Saudi relics has been shown abroad.   The exhibition will highlight ancient Arabian trade routes and their impact on cultural exchange and human communication over history.

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