SOMOGY Roads of Arabia Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Béatrix André-Salvani et al
Available: February 2011 ISBN: 9782757203958 Price: £42.50 Format: Hardback Pages: 608 Illustrations: 690 col and b/w ills Size: 280 x 246 mm Category: Art Rights: UK & Eire, Middle East, Far East only
JOHN RULE SPRING 2011
This book contains the most recent studies on a highly original, beautiful and still to be discovered Near-Eastern civilisation. Over three hundred and fifty art masterpieces, mostly unknown to a foreign public and dating from prehistoric times to modern days, introduce us to the life and culture of Saudi Arabia. Located at the crossroad of major civilisations like the Mediterranean, the Mesopotamian and Indian this land of exchanges has provided us with numerous and prestigious testimonies of its past: the necropolis of Hegra, a smaller version of Petra inscribed on the UNESCO World heritage list, Mecqua, the fortress of Teima which shows strong Mesopotamian and Egyptian influence as well as the Dedan site which is characterized by monumental sculpture of Ptolemaïc inspiration. Temples and palaces decorated with frescoes, monumental sculptures and on a smaller scale precious dishes and jewellery fill the pages of this impressive catalogue which accompanied the recent exhibition at the Louvre.