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The Road to Palmyra

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

20 Sep 2019 - 1 Mar 2020

Drawing on the Glyptotek’s unrivalled collection of Palmyran portrait sculptures, this exhibition looks at life in the oasis city, from its development as a trade hub to its expansion as an empire under the warrior-queen Zenobia in the 3rd century AD. Expect theatre: objects animated by a soundscape that harks back to the oasis; a digital reconstruction of one portrait, ‘Beauty of Palymra’; and an installation that recreates a Palmyrene burial chamber Find out more from the Glyptotek’s website.

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Banquet relief of the Priest Malku (c. 146), Palmyra.

Banquet relief of the Priest Malku (c. 146), Palmyra. Photo: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Bust of Yedi Bel, Palmyra

Bust of Yedi Bel (170–90), Palmyra. Photo: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Jewel of Palmyra (190–210), Palmyra.

Jewel of Palmyra (190–210), Palmyra. Photo: Tahnee Cracchiol

Stele with Nurbel, Palmyra

Stele with Nurbel (150–75), Palmyra. Photo: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Bust of Malku (150–70), Palmyra. Photo: Tahnee Cracchiol

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