Dedan and its Statuary

Colossal statues (approx. 4th–2nd centuries BC) in Room 3, originally from edan/al-’Ula, on the ‘Incense Road’, capital of the kingdom of Lihyan in northwest Arabia and noted in the Bible.

The monumental sculptures, probably representing kings or members of the elite, are reminiscent of the colossal Egyptian statues on which they were modelled.


© Photo: Haupt & Binder


Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia. 26 January - 9 April 2012, Pergamon Museum, Berlin. An exhibition of the Museum of Islamic Art in cooperation with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.

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