BAR 8:05, Sep/Oct 1982
The Dayan SagaThe Man and His Archaeological Collection
Beginning October 14, 1982, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem will exhibit a few selected highlights from the Moshe Dayan collection of antiquities, which the museum recently acquired for $1 million following Dayans death a year ago. In this preview, about 15 of the outstanding examples of the huge collection, comprising 800 to 900 objects, will be exhibited publicly for the first time. A full catalogued exhibition will not be seen until sometime in 1985.
The story of the Dayan collection is intimately intertwined with the story of the man himselfbrilliant, controversial and dramatic. One of Israels great generals and a flamboyant international personality, Dayan saw his reputation as an infallible strategist sag disastrously during the October, 1973, Yom Kippur War when he absorbed the blame for Israels initial setbacks at the hands of Syria and Egypt.