Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

Tokyo National Museum

poster for Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

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The Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes since ancient times, acting as crossroads of diverse peoples and civilizations. This exhibition will, for the very first time in Japan, display treasures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that reveal a dynamic history and culture. More than 400 invaluable cultural properties will be displayed, including the oldest stone tools in Asia, dating back over a million years; anthropomorphic stelae erected in the desert 5,000 years ago; excavated artifacts from the thriving ancient cities of the Hellenistic and Roman periods; a 17th-century door from the Ka’ba in Mecca, the holiest site in the religion of Islam; and possessions of King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia, from the 20th century. You are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the immensely rich and fascinating history of the Arabian Peninsula.

Venue: Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum



from January 23, 2018 to May 13, 2018



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Traversing the Roads of Arabia

The Tokyo National Museum displays amazing artifacts from ancient crossroad civilizations.

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