of Si Gabbor, priest of the moon god, early 7th century BC, Neo-Hittite, Neirab, Syria, basalt, 95 x 45 x 22cm.
Highlights currently on show include a prehistoric stone tool dating back to 350,000 BCE, a milestone indicating the distance from Makkah in Kufic inscriptions, and a funerary stele
from Makkah dating back to 700-900 CE from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
Scenes showing the funerary stele
are much rarer, just 18 examples, and in 15 of those at least one woman is shown at the tomb, carrying offerings'.
(19) The choice to render the epitaph in both Phoenician and Greek demonstrates that these Phoenicians were accustomed to bilingual thinking and that DMSLH/[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]chose to display this bilingualism on his friend's funerary stele
Under the wing's curved roof, you will encounter carved wooden panels from Rabat and Samarra, decorative bowls and brass basins from Syria, floor mosaics from Lebanon, funerary steles
from Mecca -- enlightening visitors with narratives on the richness of the region's history.