• The ancient Near-East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

    25 Feb 2006 to 27 Aug 2006
    Curator: Andrew Jamieson

    The University of Melbourne’s Classics and Archaeology Collection was established in 1901 and is one of the oldest and most important collections of antiquities in Australia. Many of the 2,500 items in the collection come from, or reflect the cultural traditions of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

    This exhibition features objects that relate to death and ritual from the Predynastic and Pharaonic periods in Egypt, and a range of objects from the Near East, including ivories from Nimrud, stamp seals from Amman, and inscribed bricks from Elam. The exhibition also includes a selection of Roman glass vessels, bronze weapons from Luristan, and artefacts from Greece. A corpus of Near Eastern animal and human figurines that may have served cultic or religious functions, and a typology of ancient lamps spanning the Bronze, Iron, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Medieval periods, are also featured.

    This exhibition, which demonstrates the diversity of material represented in the Classics and Archaeology Collection, is one in a series of focus exhibitions that will present key items. Some works from this important and unique collection, have never been seen before.



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SUNDAY 19 APRIL Cinema Nova in partnership with the Potter’s exhibition Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic, presents a series of Australian Gothic Cinema. Peter Weir’s 1975 Australian classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock will be brought back to the big screen, followed by a panel discussing the film. Panel consists of screenwriter Cliff Green; actress Helen Morse who starred in the film; author Dr Brian McFarlane and academic/journalist Dr Mark Nicholls. Hosted by Carol van Opstal.

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The Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne

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  • University of Melbourne
  • Parkville VIC 3010