Penn Museum Exhibit Examines Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq opens this Weekend at the Penn Museum. This exhibition focuses on the cultural heritage and movements of people affected by war. The exhibit features Mediterranean collections, Arabic manuscripts and a documentary film. The exhibit's goal is preserving cultural identity.

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A view of the central space in Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, a new exhibition at the Penn Museum.
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Pictured in the background is a limestone mortuary portrait from Palmyra, Syria, dating to the 1st or 2nd century CE.
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A set of 1st- and 2nd-century CE funerary portraits from Palmyra, which demonstrate the complexity and richness of Palmyrene identity.
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Objects on display in the exhibition speak to the Roman influence on the region. Here, a visitor examines a Roman mosaic panel, dating to the 3rd or 4th century CE and depicting a peacock.
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A set of 1st- and 2nd-century CE funerary portraits from Palmyra, which demonstrate the complexity and richness of Palmyrene identity.
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The exhibit explores a variety of elements of life in the region — including food and agriculture, represented in part through ceramic bowls from the 10th and 14th centuries CE, respectively.
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Family has always been at the heart of Syrian and Iraqi culture — which is illustrated by an assortment of ancient clay figurines
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Musical instruments from the region, including this oud and trumpet from the Penn Museum’s Near East Section collections, help tell the human story behind the ongoing cultural heritage destruction in the Middle East.
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A view of the central space.
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Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq opens April 8, 2017 at the Penn Museum along South Street in University City.
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