Ancient Sculpture on Exhibit at Sackler

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The oldest sculptures ever found in the Near East go on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the exhibition "Preserving Ancient Statues From Jordan." The exhibition includes two humanlike figures and three double-headed busts from 6500 B.C., and three faces modeled on human skulls from 7000 B.C. The sculputes are nearly life-size and are made of lime plaster. The sculptures were found in 1974 near Amman, Jordan, and were transported to Washington, D.C. in 1985 where they were analyzed and reconstructed.


  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Preserving Ancient Statues From Jordan (Exhibition)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Reference File, "The Torch," July 1996, p. 1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 28, 1996


  • Sculpture
  • Exhibitions
  • Art, Prehistoric
  • Jordan

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