Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land
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San Francisco, CA 94121
In 1961, Israeli archaeologists discovered more than 400 copper objects in a remote cave near the Dead Sea called Naḥal Mishmar, now deemed the “Cave of the Treasure.” These spectacular, sophisticated copper objects define an era in Southern Levantine history known as the Chalcolithic period, or Copper Age. Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to the art of this formative period, featuring a hoard of artifacts such as weaponry, linen and wool textiles, tools, ornaments, ivory figurines, and much more. When viewed together, these relics reveal a dynamic world whose technological advancements revolutionized art and society.