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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.
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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