On Sunday, December 2, 2012 students from the art history courses and a few additional friends, via the Religion Department, visited the travelling exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The name of the exhibit is "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times."
|I deliver the agenda for the afternoon.|
|Escalators to the exhibit hall|
In the exhibit, we viewed 10 selections from the Scrolls, that are 2000-year-old parchments and that address the latter Hellenic and Roman control of this region. The scrolls were non-Biblical and Biblical, thus giving us a glimpse into the lives of people at the time.
|Inside the exhibition, there are ample texts and prompts for using the audioguides.|
The decoration on the vessel on the right above was unusual in that it had clay on its shoulder and included a striding horned animal with a bird above it. Also, a paw appears on the rim.
|Objects were on view in cases as well as secondary wall displays.|
In addition to this cache of stones, we saw iron arrowheads (or points) and flint sling-stones. These give compelling evidence of a catastrophic battle that took place in the area of Lachish.
|The fascinating scale with stone weights.|
In addition, we saw ceramic rattles, pottery figurine of a female drummer (that I thought looked like a tambourine player), leather sandals, combs, ossuraries, and textiles.
|Relaxing at the end of the afternoon before the bus's departure.|
If you're interested in visual and material culture of the ancient world, and are a fan of archaeology, this exhibition is well worth the ticket.