NEW HAVEN, CONN.- East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea explores the cultural characteristics of eastern Indonesia and coastal western New Guinea. Taking as its jumping-off point the “Wallace Line,” an ecological demarcation first recognized by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace that runs through Indonesia between Bali and Lombok and between Borneo and Sulawesi, the exhibition presents intricately decorated, large-scale sculptures and textiles, as well as more intimate personal and domestic objects.
With more than 120 works from the 17th to 19th century, the exhibition features highlights from the Gallery’s permanent collection and select loans, many either too large or too fragile to be regularly displayed. Read more.
BOSTON - To protect them in the afterlife, King Piankhy, who ruled Nubia in 750 B.C., buried all four of his queens with elaborate jewelry.
When the king’s tomb was excavated, archaeologists found the remains of his four favorite horses and his queens’ jewelry – a silver pendant portraying Hathor, goddess of motherhood and feminine love, nursing a queen and amulets of gold, silver, glass and lapis lazuli to ward off danger.
Twenty-seven centuries later, visitors to “Gold and the Gods” at the Museum of Fine Arts can see remarkably crafted royal bling that opens a revealing window on the lives of a culture that seems impossibly distant yet hauntingly familiar. Read more.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- African Cosmos: Stellar Arts is the first major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. Documented since the kingdoms of ancient Egypt, for thousands of years Africans throughout the continent have contemplated the celestial firmament and conceived stories about the heavenly bodies. People of many cultures have used such observations to navigate their physical environments and to regulate agricultural and ritual calendars.
African Cosmos considers how the sun, moon, and stars, as well as ephemeral phenomena such as lightning and thunder, serve as sources of philosophical contemplation in the creation of arts from historical times to the present. Far from abstract concepts, African notions of the universe can be intensely personal, placing human beings in relationships with earth and sky. Read more.
The moon landing, Mandela’s walk to freedom, the fall of the Berlin Wall… In an age of news saturation we’ve grown increasingly blasé about history being piped into our living rooms.
How different it was in 1922 when Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon’s discovery of the still-intact tomb of King Tutankhamun sent shock waves around the globe. The news - spread by new-fangled media such as newsreels, telephones and newspapers - of their momentous find gripped the public imagination like nothing before, and its cultural significance was unprecedented.
The discovery of Assyrian reliefs in northern Iraq during the 19th century may have produced a short-lived “Assyromania” in France and Britain, but nothing compared with the fascination for Egypt and Tutankhamun. Read more.
Beginning October 11, 2014 and showing through June 7, 2015, The Smithsonian Institution will be exhibiting a selection of artifacts, film and photography from one of the largest archaeological expeditions to two ancient sites in present-day Yemen.
From 1949 to 1951, paleontologist and geologist Wendell Phillips led an expedition of scholars, scientists and technicians to what was then remote South Arabia on a quest to uncover two legendary cities—Timna, the capital of the Qataban kingdom, and Ma’rib, thought by some scholars to be the home of the Queen of Sheba. Read more.
It’s was hailed as the most significant shipwreck to be discovered in UK waters since the Mary Rose but the Swash Channel Wreck, found outside Poole Harbour in 1990, has until now kept many of its secrets close to its chest – or watery grave.
Designated a wreck of national importance in 2004, archaeologists and students from Bournemouth University began diving on the seventeenth century vessel in 2006 to assess its condition and deterioration.
Its worsening condition led to an excavation by a Bournemouth University marine archaeology team in 2010. So far over 1000 artefacts have been brought to the surface. These range from large timbers, pottery and personal items like shoes and tankards to cannon and a series of elaborately carved figures. Read more.
THE HAGUE (AFP).- A Dutch museum said on Wednesday it would delay the return of Crimean archaeological treasures it is exhibiting, fearing a legal tussle with either Russia or Ukraine.
The priceless medieval artefacts, on loan from four Crimean museums, went on display at Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum in February, less than a month before the peninsula was annexed by Russia.
The museums, now under Russian authority, have asked for them to be returned, while the Ukrainian government in Kiev has also claimed the treasures.
The exhibition, entitled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea”, features items spanning the 2nd century BC to the late medieval era, including a ceremonial Scythian helmet made from gold, as well as a lacquered box, originally from China, which in Roman times found its way to Crimea via the Silk Road. Read more.
A stunning collection of Egyptian artefacts dating back 5,000 years is about to be revealed to the public after being hidden away in storage for 40 years.
Smell the perfume of the Pharaohs, get up close and personal with a mummy, admire beautiful beadwork and see a sarcophagus lid that is 3,000-years-old as the Egyptians are brought back to life at The Atkinson in Southport with a new permanent gallery set to open this October.
Sefton’s Egyptian collection is so well preserved and original in content that it is thrilling Egyptology academics from The University of Liverpool, Egyptology societies and further afield.
The collection belonged to female adventurer Anne Goodison who collected it in the late 1800s. It comprises 1,000 pieces, collected on trips to Egypt before the tomb of Tutankhamen was even discovered. Read more.