Prices differ considerably for Contemporary and ancient Syrian Art . The local art scene for contemporary Syrian art has, until recently, been controlled by the Syrian government. Now that has changed as the country’s economy has become more open and less government-controlled. Today, an increasing numberof Westerners seeking something different have been spending more money on Middle Eastern Art. This has led to the opening of various modern art galleries in Damascus that sell to international collectors. This means that the average price of a medium-sized contemporary work work has appreciated 400 percent. For ancient Syrian art lovers, however, prices are still reasonable. To give an example, one can purchase a Syrian Pilgrim terracotta Flask with a round body and two handles from Phoenix Ancient Art for $5,000.