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Part of Ancient Near Eastern Art
Date: ca. 18th–17th century B.C.Accession Number: 47.1a-h
Date: ca. 8th–7th century B.C.Accession Number: 34.126.53
Date: ca. 2nd–3rd century A.D.Accession Number: 02.29.1
Date: ca. 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. Accession Number: 1977.234.12
Date: ca. mid-1st millennium B.C.Accession Number: 49.71.2
Date: ca. 2nd–early 3rd century A.D. Accession Number: 32.145a, b
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This gallery is arranged thematically, exploring topics such as deities, medicine and magic, money and weights, the biblical world, and the relationship between art and text in the ancient Near East.
The phenomenon of artistic exchange receives special attention, with objects on display that demonstrate links among the great civilizations of the Near East and their neighbors, which were forged through trade and diplomacy during the second and first millennia B.C. Phoenician-style ivories and gold work provide visual evidence for maritime contacts across the Mediterranean. Rare textiles and sculptures from Dura Europos and Palmyra—situated along the legendary Silk Road—and stone and metal sculpture from the incense-trading kingdoms of southwestern Arabia display the arts of major centers of cultural exchange during later periods.
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