Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia
In a nutshell
Looking for something different? This exhibition offers the opportunity to see the land of Arabia through its objects from over a million years ago (!) through to present day. Recent archaeology uncovered artifacts from prehistoric, pre-Islam Arabia provide information about the area’s history and culture. The collection includes tools, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, frescoes, incense burners and much more.
The Tokyo National Museum’s Hyokeikan building, which is the building on the left after passing through the main entrance. This Important Cultural Property is a beautiful two-story building based on ancient Greek and Roman architecture.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information, except for the extended captions for some selected works, is translated into English (and other languages).
Ancient tools and pottery might not be for everyone but it’s exciting to see and learn about the history and uses of ancient artifacts from an area that isn’t well known to many.
If it seems like the Tokyo art scene is dominated by French Impressionists and other classic European art, this exhibition might be a nice change of pace.
How far out?
A ten minute walk through Ueno Park from Ueno Station.
How much time?
About 45 minutes.
How much money?
¥620 for general admission includes this exhibit. If you’re going to the popular Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro for ¥1,600, general admission (including this exhibit) is included as well.
Now extended until May 13, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth seeing if you’re in the area or looking for something different.