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Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Funerary mask, 1st century CE. Saudi Arabia; Thaj city, Tell al-Zayer site Gold © Courtesy of National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, 2061.
Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
October 24th, 2014 - January 18th, 2015
Opening: October 24th, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.asianart.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Union Square/Civic Center
EMAIL:  
members@asianart.org
PHONE:  
415.581.3500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
TAGS:  
traditional, sculpture
COST:  
Free with museum admission

DESCRIPTION

An eye-opening look at the largely unknown ancient past of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this exhibition draws on recently discovered archaeological material never before seen in the United States. Roads of Arabia features objects excavated from several sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula, tracing the impact of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Mediterranean cultures in the north.

Elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware, heavy gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues testify to a lively mercantile and cultural interchange among distant civilizations. Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in association with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accompanied by a catalogue.

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