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Red polished black-topped incised tulip bowl, Cyprus, Karmi Palealona, Tomb 4, Chamber A, No. 1, Bronze Age, Early Cypriot I–II, c. 2300–2200 BCE. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Cypriot Collection. Melbourne Cyprus Expedition Collection.
Photo: Viki Petherbridge
The University of Melbourne has one of the most important collections of Cypriot antiquities in Australia. The collection is representative of the human history of this strategically important island, and includes a wide range of Bronze and Iron Age artefacts that were brought to Australia by the late Professor JR Stewart from the 1930s until the early 1960s.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is renowned as the island of Aphrodite. The exhibition will feature significant ceramic assemblages recovered from Bronze Age tombs at Vounous from 1937 to 1938, and the Bronze Age cemeteries at Karmi in 1961.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.
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