UAE’s Oldest Vase at Louvre Would Tell Arabian Tales

The oldest, complete vase that was discovered in the UAE is on show at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. On Wednesday, an expert would be sharing facts about how this particular vessel gives a detailed description of what life was like thousands of years ago in the region.

The UAE’s Marawah Vase, which dates back to 5500 BCE, is a part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ‘Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia’ exhibition. The fair would be scanning and studying the rich history of the Arabian Peninsula through the various archaeological and cultural artifacts.

On Wednesday, along with the exhibition, a lecture is also going to be held at the museum’s auditorium at 6pm. Dr Mark Jonathan Beech, head of archaeology of Al Dhafra and Abu Dhabi at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, will be trailing the journey of the vase that was excavated from one of the UAE’s oldest villages.

Dr Beech would be telling the story of how a vase that was created in Southern Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq) was brought to the Arabian Gulf about 8,000 years ago. He would be also discussing the about the way Marawah was used, at the same time a lot of stress would be placed on the life of the people and trade in the region during those times.

The Roads of Arabia exhibition, which has previously toured cities around the world, is going to end on 16th February. Louvre visitors would be able to book for a 60-minute guided exhibition tour that is held daily at 3pm and costs around Dh52.20 per person.

Entry to Dr Beech’s lecture is absolutely free.