Since ancient times neighboring cultures exerted their influence on the land of Israel, located at the crossroads between them. The galleries, devoted to the neighboring cultures, offer the visitor a broad historical and cultural overview of the region, revealing the fascinating range of relations between the Land of Israel, and its neighbors.
Selected objects and artworks, dating from the 7th millennium BCE to the 19th century CE, recount the story of these cultures. These include, for example, human and animal shaped objects found in ancient Egyptian tombs displayed in the gallery dedicated to Egypt of the Pharaohs; reliefs depicting historical rulers and various rites from the ancient Near East exhibited in the gallery displaying treasures from Mesopotamia (Iraq), Persia (Iran), the Levant (Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus), Anatolia (Turkey), and the Southern Arabian Peninsula; elaborate Greek vases decorated with figures of gods, monsters and heroes located in the gallery representing the Greek world; impressive marble sculptures created by the peoples of Italy; and tools and manuscripts, decorated with magnificent Arabic calligraphy, located in the gallery of the Islamic Near East.
- Past and future Exhibits at the Israeli Museum include:
- Egypt of the Pharaohs
- The Ancient Near East
- The Greek World
- The Peoples of Italy
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