In this exhibition, one is
transported back in time to this extraordinary center of ancient
civilization. The entrance is a narrow, darkened passageway
suggestive of the “Siq” that traders crossed as they approached
the city. At its end, a ten foot-high image of a royal tomb in the
Hellenistic style looms. This is the Treasury, Petra’s most famous
monument. The drama continues throughout the exhibit which
showcases some 200 objects, a good number of which are on loan
from collections in Jordan and Europe and never before displayed
in the United States.
There are stone sculptures and reliefs, delicately beautiful
ceramics, intricate jewelry, stucco and metalwork, ancient
inscriptions, a stunning elaborately carved vase with
panther-shaped handles that is the largest and finest of its kind
to survive from classical antiquity. There are objects unearthed
in recent digs: a frieze from a Nabataean temple, a 2,100-pound
sandstone bust of the god Dushara, an elephant-headed capital.
Nineteenth-century prints and paintings recreate impressions of
the rediscovery of the “Lost City of Stone”. A brief film
outlines the city’s history and the Nabataeans’ artistic and
technical accomplishments. An overall panorama of the city as it
appears today is presented via a 26- foot-wide montage projected
onto screens to dazzling effect while contemporary photographs
give a sense of ongoing archaeological research.
“Petra: Lost City of Stone” runs through July 6, 2004 and then
moves on to the Cincinnati Art Museum which has its own impressive
collection of ancient art, conceived the exhibit and developed it
along with the American Museum of Natural History.
The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212 769-5800
(Travel-Watch Link) The Book "Petra Rediscovered: The Lost City
of the Nabataean Kingdom" -
Photos by D. Finnin / Amnh, American Museum of
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
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