Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Kerk

The result of an agreement with the Omani Ministry of Heritage and Culture, this major exhibition brings forth the riches of Oman culture, including additional contributions from the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, and the Bait Al Zubair Museum.

Like the Netherlands itself, Oman was strategically located along major historical trade routes, which established its importance for centuries in maritime trade, particularly in that of incense and perfume. The consequences of this positioning are explored extensively in this exhibition while other themes include the sultanate and Ibadism, an early form of Islam. Objects include land maps, manuscripts, archaeological finds, as well as ornate silverwork in jewelry, amulets, weapons and ceremonial costumes.

As Oman modernizes, it intends to proudly preserve the treasures of its cultural heritage.
The exhibition is accompanied by a program of events highlighting all aspects of Oman, from literature, music and dance to politics, religion and modern development.

October 10, 2009 – April 4, 2010
Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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