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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 406

The MET : Gallery 406 : The Interconnected World of the Ancient Near East

Art From Us, Museum Guide #604

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #604 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 406. Showcasing a collection of The Interconnected World of the Ancient Near East.

The three works in focus are :

  1. Sickle Sword, ca. 1307 – 1275 BC.
  2. Standing Male Figure, ca. late 1st millennium BC.
  3. Open, ca. 1st century BC – 1st century AD.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #604

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #604. The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 406 highlights the interdependence of different regions of the ancient near east. Some of these regions were situated near the iconic Silk Road, an ancient route for trade.

Today we would like to discuss the Silk Road and through this discussion, we will underline how different regions and cultures influenced each other through trade and commerce.

The following is an excerpt about the Silk Road from

the website of the UNESCO :

“Throughout history, Eurasia was criss-crossed with communication routes and paths of trade, which gradually linked up to form what are known today as the Silk Roads…These vast networks carried more than just merchandise and precious commodities however: the constant movement and mixing of populations also brought about the transmission of knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs, which had a profound impact on the history and civilizations of the Eurasian peoples. Travellers along the Silk Roads were attracted not only by trade but also by the intellectual and cultural exchange that was taking place in cities along the Silk Roads, many of which developed into hubs of culture and learning. Science, arts and literature, as well as crafts and technologies were thus shared and disseminated into societies along the lengths of these routes, and in this way, languages, religions and cultures developed and influenced each other.”

The Silk Road and other trade routes that ran within and beyond the ancient Near East are largely responsible for the mixing of cultures within this territory.


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