Posted by Kanga.
Our local vacation included a visit to the Sharjah Archaeology Museum.
The museum presents the history of Sharjah from the stone age up to 611 A.D. The museum is nicely arranged, fully bilingual, and multi-media. An audio tour is available and worthwhile.
Each time period includes a diorama showing a typical abode.
It is always amazing to see how delicate the gold work was in early times.
In addition to shells and pearls, carnelian was a common component of jewelry.
There are many petroglyphs in the Hajar Mountains. The stones develop a red pateena. Chipping this red layer off is a fairly easy way to leave behind art. The above image is a bull tied to a post under a crescent moon. The crescent moon is a common image in area petroglyphs.
These ancient metal bracelets are very similar to those used not too long ago.
The two parts of this sculpture of a man holding a bird were found on two separate occasions and reunited here.
Mother of Pearl gathered along with pearls was used in these carvings.
These gold decorations were amazingly small.
We recommend the museum. It is very well done, very educational, and well worth your time.