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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Plaster reproduction of a gypsum votive statue of a woman, Mesopotamia (southern Iraq), Early Dynastic period, c. 2200 BCE, height: 22 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection, Eastern Studies Collection
Most of the objects in this exhibition were specifically acquired by the Classics and Middle Eastern Studies departments of the University of Melbourne in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1950s, to enhance teaching and research. Many of the certified casts were obtained from the prestigious international institutions which housed the originals, including the Louvre, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
Remarkable in their own right, key works include the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, the Mesha Stele, and the Acropolis kore. The exhibition includes significant plaster casts of Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman originals that date from the 4th millennium BCE to the 2nd century CE.
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.