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Hanging jar with spiral decoration (marl ware), Egypt, Predynastic period (mid-Naqada II), c. 3500–3100 BCE. The University of Melbourne Art Collection
This exhibition includes artefacts drawn from the Egyptian and Flinders Petrie Collection, the University of Melbourne, and The Dodgdon Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, Queens College. The artefacts reflect the distinctive character of Egyptian civilisation which emerged in the Nile Valley during the early third millennium BCE and survived through to the spread of Christianity. Through a survey of selected key artefacts spanning the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, visitors to this exhibition will be introduced to the historical and cultural achievements of dynastic Egypt. The periods represented by the objects in this exhibition reveal one of the ancient world’s most enduring empires. The range of material in this exhibition spans more than 10,000 years. Discovering Egypt complements the teaching program of the Centre for Classics and Archaeology on ancient Egypt and the Near East and Schools Program of the Ian Potter Museum of Art on ancient cultures.
The Queens College Collection of Egyptian Antiquities forms part of the library and museum bequeathed by the Reverend James Davey Dodgson (1824-1892) when he died. William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) was an English archaeologist and pioneer of systematic methodology in archaeology. Objects in this collection have reportedly come from excavations conducted by Petrie.