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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Roman period bone plaque fragment with human head and vegetal scroll motif, Jordan, Pella, 4th century CE, 8.4 x 3 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Pella Collection, Canberra
This exhibition refers to the ancient city of Pella in the north Jordan Valley and tells the story of technology, trade and daily life there. It also describes the significant discoveries Australian archaeologists have made in Jordan over a period of fifty years. Excavations have revealed Pella as one of the most important ancient cities in Jordon, because it has a pattern of continuous human settlement stretching back to Neolithic times (c. 6500 BCE). Objects in this exhibition are drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, and are currently on long-term loan to the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.