104 antiques from Berlin go on display at Riyadh exhibition
As many as 104 antique items that have come from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, have gone on display at the National Museum here. The exhibition coincides the Janadriyah festival for heritage and culture.
According to local media, the Pergamon Museum contains many of famous historical artifacts, particularly Islamic, mostly from the Umayyad and Ottoman periods under the name, “The first Islamic cultural capitals.”
The antiques tell the stories of Arab and Islamic history. One such piece comes from the Kisra wall, another from Samaraa, whose name in the past meant “a joy for the eye” because of its grandeur. The other items include Sasanian artifacts that are more than 1,500 years old, in addition to pieces from the Amways, Abbasids and Ottoman eras.
The exhibition was inaugurated under the auspices of Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, in the presence of Michael Eissenhauer, general director of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (the National Museums in Berlin); Stephen Weber, the director of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin; and Boris Ruge, the German ambassador to Saudi Arabia.