A six-month long exhibition organised by Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) with a focus on Kuwait and the region’s rich history, opened its doors allowing visitors to step back in time to 3000 BC.

Inaugurated on Wednesday by Manal Ataya, Director-General of SMA, and HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), “The Splendid Archaeology of Kuwait” exhibition is hosted in collaboration with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (KNCCAL).

Representatives from Kuwait attending the inauguration included Dr Tahani Al-Adwani, Assistant Secretary General of KNCCAL, Dr Sultan Al-Duwaish, Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums and Dr Hamid Al-Mutairi, Antiquities Controller at the Department of Antiquities and Museums.

The exhibition, held at Sharjah Archaeology Museum, features an exquisitely curated collection excavated from different sites in Kuwait showing the evolution of it’s history and society.

Various displays ranging in date from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and the Hellenistic period (3000 BC) include remains of pottery, hunting tools, weapons, fishing equipment, figurines, and decorated vessels.

Exhibited objects of the Dilmun Kingdom’s presence in Kuwait’s Failaka island, comprises of ceramics, soft-stone dishes, awls, drills, and blades made from bone and stone that were used by people in 5750-4800 BC to shape shells and jewellery and pierce holes into them.

Rare artefacts from 2150-1100 BC include different shaped stamps and seals, carved stone hand, soft-stone statue of a man with arms folded.

Rare collections of coins from the Eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, Aramaic transcripts, photos, temples, settlements and burial sites, among others, are also on display.

Commenting on the exhibition being SMA’s first collaboration with KNCCAL, Manal Ataya said: “Its an honour for SMA to have organised this exhibition which testifies to the unbelievably rich archaeological history of the Gulf region and its major strategic trade activity centre which brought together cultural and scientific heritage from all over the world.”

“Its very important for us in Sharjah to highlight the history of the Arabian Peninsula and its connection to the outside world and how interacting with Western and Eastern civilisations mainly through trade routes, enhanced the the exchange of cultures,” she said.

HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA said the exhibition is an important event that shines a spotlight on the commonalities between the countries of the region through the displayed artefacts.

“It is of great significance that new generations are introduced to the history we share with neighbouring countries,” he said.

Dr Tahani Al-Adwani, KNCCAL’S Assistant Secretary-General stressed the keenness of the Kuwaiti leadership to enhance cultural and archaeological cooperation with neighbouring countries.

She added that the exhibition, a collaboration between KNCCAL and the Kuwait National Museum with SMA, shines a light on the ancient civilisations in Kuwait.

“Over 80 artefacts excavated from Failaka island and Sebya area covering the Stone-age, Bronze-age and Iron-age demonstrate the cultural integration in the region’s countries,” said Dr Al-Adwani.

Events accompanying the exhibition next week will include a lecture by Dr Sultan Al-Duwaish, Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums in Kuwait.

Other educational activities held alongside the exhibition, include workshops on illuminated glass bottles, marbling technique in pottery and decoration and boat models making.

The exhibition is open from Saturday to Thursday from 8AM until 8PM, and from 4PM until 8PM on Fridays.

Source: Elite Media