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Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta

Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta

Over five thousand years ago, an astonishing forward-thinking people lived in Malta, an island group in the Southern Mediterranean. Temple and Tomb examines their art, architecture and culture in the first exhibition ever to display Maltese prehistoric art in the U.S. Many of the objects have never before left Malta. The exhibition includes detailed and varied representations of the human figure, decorative architectural reliefs, refined clay vessels, imported stone amulets, as well as a series of historic watercolors, drawings and prints, all drawn from the collections of the National Museum of Archaeology and the Gozo Museum of Archaeology.

All objects in the exhibition date to the later phases of the Temple Period, ca. 3600–2500 BCE.

HM–NMA: Heritage Malta–National Museum of Archaeology HM–GMA: Heritage Malta–Gozo Museum of Archaeology

Several of the entries below refer to multiple objects.

Location Map

The Venus of Malta

Heritage Malta Logo

Shaman’s Cache Schematic Figure

“Shaman’s Cache Schematic Figure,” Wearing a Plain HeadbandGlobigerina Limestone. H. 17.2, W. 5.4, D. 1.8 cmXagħra Circle (Gozo), 3600–2500 BCEHeritage Malta–Gozo Museum of Archaeology: 32191 Courtesy of Heritage Malta, photography © Daniel Cilia

Europe Map

Malta Map

Priest / Priestess

Temple Model

Relief Depicting Procession of Animals

Shaman’s Cache Schematic Figure

The Xagħra Twin Seated Figure

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Ġgantija South Temple

Mnajdra Temples

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