World’s oldest masks come home to Jerusalem
A dozen stone masks, made 9,000 years ago in the Judean Desert, star in a new exhibition at the Israel Museum.
Dr. Debby Hershman punches in a code, opens an iron-barred door and carefully closes it behind us. She hands me a pair of white cloth gloves, solemnly unlocks a metal cabinet, takes out a heavy, wrapped bundle and places it on the table. A moment later we are gazing at a 9,000-year-old mask. An ancient stone face with round, closely placed eyeholes, prominent eyebrows, a broad, toothy...
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