The Tokyo National Museum is hosting an important exhibition, ‘Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia’.
Since ancient times the Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes, 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 Islam; and possessions of King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia, from the 20th century.
Visitors will have a unique opportunity to experience the immensely rich and fascinating history of the Arabian Peninsula.
The exhibition has been organized by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage of Saudi Arabia.
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The Authority has organized this exhibition in cooperation with the National Museum of Japan and the Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Tokyo, and follow up and direct supervision of Crown Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage.
Saudi Aramco is sponsoring the exhibition, thereby leading to an agreement between the Commission and the National Museum of Japan to enable free entry to the exhibition.
The exhibition has received official, media and cultural attention in Japan, which was considered an important event and the largest exhibition of its kind to introduce the effects of the Kingdom and the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula.
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In its reports, the Japanese press highlighted the rare and unique artifacts, and the international reputation, and invited the Japanese make use of the opportunity to visit.