Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
5601 Main Street
December 19 through March 9, 2014
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) is hosting an eye-opening exhibition this winter that will uncover the rich history of the ancient trade routes of the Arabian Peninsula. Organized by the Smithsonianâ€™s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., in association with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), Roads of Arabia willÂ feature objects recently excavated from more than 10Â archaeological sites, and give insight into the culture and economy of this ancient civilization. Recently discovered objects along the trade routes include alabaster bowlsÂ and fragile glassware as well as heavy gold earrings andÂ monumental statues. All of the artifacts are testament to the lively exchange between Arabs and their neighbors, includingÂ the Egyptians, Syrians, Babylonians, and Greco-Romans.
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