A bronze statue of a face with Arab features and curly hair was found in the al-Faw village in al-Dawasir valley in Riyadh. Many researchers linked this face with some photos of European movies that were filmed to depict the middle ages.
The statue is considered one of the rare pieces that Saudi Arabia displays in the “Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages” exhibition that had been touring the world for about five years, before arriving to the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi as part of the international tour, which is organized by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage.
According to Dr. Mohamed Hajj, a specialist in archeology at the Hail University; this Arab face, which is made of bronze, may have influenced European civilizations, especially as we see that the hair was rolled similarly there by men and women.
Al-Faw village, the famous capital of Kindah, which is one of the Arab kingdoms that ruled the Southern part of the Arab Peninsula, is located about 100 km south-west of Al-Sulayyil south of al-Dawasir valley. The historical city is located on the edge of the Rub’ al Khali and the famous Tuwaq Mountains in an area called al-Faw that was named recently.
History of al-Faw
Archaeologists point out that Faw is known as “Dhu Kahl” for the famous statue of Kahl. Kindah’s kings made it the capital of their kingdom for many years since the 4th century BC.
It is located on a famous commercial path, known as an incense road, because it is located on the edge of al-Rub’ al Khali. It’s the path that links the south of the Arabian Peninsula to its north. The route starts from the coasts of the Arabian Sea and passes through Ma’an, Qataban, Hadramout and Hamir, heading to Najran. Then to al-Faw, to Aflaj, al-Yamama and then to the east towards the Gulf to Mesopotamia and the Levant.
Al-Faw is of an important historical location, it was a prosperous city in the Kindahians ages, where palaces, markets and temples were built of stone carved with art and one of the most prominent landmarks of the city, which was buried in sand and re-discovered by the exploration missions of the General Authority for Tourism and Heritage and the National University of King Saud.
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