- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - An ancient sculpture from a historic town in Syria that’s been overtaken by the Islamic State group is being featured in a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums.

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Sackler Gallery are featuring the artifacts from town of Palmyra, which the Islamic State group overran last month.

Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is an important archaeological site. Smithsonian officials say it is one of the best preserved city-states in the world.

The museums are featuring a sculpted bust of a woman that dates from A.D. 231. The piece from the Smithsonian collection is named “Haliphat.” It is being shown for the first time since 2006. The exhibit also includes 18th-century engravings and 19th-century photographs of ancient Palmyra.



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