Lyon (France) – On Thursday, the National Museum, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, inaugurated the “Oman Day” exhibition and activities under the title “Journey to the Land of Frankincense” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, and it will continue until September 10.
The exhibition includes 25 items. These holdings focus on beauty and the culture of goodness and belief. The exhibition illuminates visual features that embody the history, past and present of the Sultanate of Oman, and displays different patterns of authentic life with cultural features that the country is famous for.
Jamal bin Hassan Al-Musawi, Secretary-General of the Omani Museum, said, “The partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon comes to strengthen the bonds of friendship and introduce the Omani cultural heritage through a number of archaeological bearings that reflect these distinct historical and aesthetic characteristics of the Magan civilization, the civilization of the land of frankincense, and the era of Islam, and the formation of the Omani empires during the rule of the Ya‘rubi and Al-Busaid. He added, “The exhibition is the first museum exhibition from the Sultanate of Oman to be hosted in France for many years, and the first ever outside Paris.”-
For her part, Sylvie Raymond, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, said, “Contributing to the dissemination of cultures and strengthening partnership across borders is one of the most important challenges for museums in the twenty-first century. A Journey to the Land of Frankincense” includes a prominent collection of the National Museum of Oman’s holdings that were carefully selected by a team of museums and invites the visitor to dive into the depths of Oman’s rich heritage and culture from ancient times to the present day.-
The exhibition navigates the commercial routes of the Sultanate of Oman, by land and sea, and charts the means of communication between Oman and Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, ancient Egypt, East Africa and the Roman Empire.
Among the most prominent artifacts on display are a tablet inscribed with the Arabic Musnad script from the city of Samhuram dating back to the first century BC, in addition to a necklace dating back to the Middle Bronze Age (2700-2000 BC) and an incense burner with animal and heavenly inscriptions dating back to the Iron Age, and a snake statue dating back to the Iron Age. The Iron Age, as well as artifacts from the ancient site of Qalhat, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.