National Geographic : 1957 Dec
835 Ghassulian People Call to Mind Pueblo Indians of the Southwestern United States These masked dancers lived in Palestine 1,500 years before Abraham, the Hebrew nomad, left his home in Mesopotamia and migrated to the Land of Canaan. Their culture flourished when the Stone Age was giving way to copper and bronze. Ghassulian artists left suggestions of their beliefs and manner of living in remarkably intricate and brilliant frescoes on mud-brick walls-the earliest paintings of religious significance found anywhere in the Near East. Artist Soulen has reproduced on the wall of the shrine much of the source material he used for this imaginative painting. The meaning of star, elephantlike masks, and horn-shaped cups is uncertain.