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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.