Almuñécar Antiques Loaned to New York

ALM Antiques for New York OnLThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has requested several antique objects from Almuñécar to be put temporarily on display there.

The exhibition in which these valuable objects will be included is entitled: From Assyria to Iberia: crossing continents at the Dawn of the Classical Age, which will be on show from September 2014 to January 2015.

Here follows an extract from the museum’s website on the upcoming exhibition:

With the collapse of the Bronze Age, the interconnected world of palatial centers that had developed over two thousand years in the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean fragmented during the so-called Dark Age into an array of decentralized merchant and colonial endeavors in the midst of the growing power of the Assyrian Empire. Yet the legacy of the “Age of Heroes” and the reference to a courtly royal past survived not only in the writings of Homer, but in the brilliantly carved ivories, fine metalwork, and luxurious jewelry created by Near Eastern artisans in the early first millennium B.C.

The full text can be read HERE:

Almuñécar Councillor for Culture, Olga Ruano explained that the requested items are the Apofis urn, together with two alabaster urns (onyx marble), all of which come from the town’s archeological sites.

“These pieces, together with other pieces from different European museums, such as the British Museum, The Louvre and the Hermitage Museum, as well as museums in Asia make it known the importance of this cultural period,” explained the councillor.

The municipal archeologists, Eduardo Cabrera and Iván Sánchez, explained that these pieces were uncovered at the Necrópolis de Laurita and underline the importance of the Phoenician colony of Seks in the Western Mediterranean.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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