Saudi Arabian prince promotes Nelson-Atkins exhibit, and his own nation, on a visit to Kansas City

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, came to Kansas City for opening ceremonies of the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Wednesday. Museum officials and the prince himself say the collection of 200-plus artifacts, excavated over the last four decades, shows that Arabia was not some distant desert outpost but a center of culture and innovation.

Art and archaeology rewrite Arabia’s past in exhibit of recent excavations at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Stone tools made a million years ago. Colossal sculptures of ancient kings. A gold funerary mask and glove, sized for a young girl. These objects, recently excavated in Saudi Arabia, are rewriting the region’s history. Beginning Friday you can see them at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the exhibit “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”