Institute for the Study of the Ancient World presents Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University presents Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE an exhibition on view March 21 – July 7, 2013.

Xaghra Circle
“The Xag?ra Twin Seated Figure”. Stone, Red Ochre. H. 12.5, W. 11.0, D. 9.0 cm. Xaghra Circle (Gozo), 3600–2500 BCE. Heritage Malta–Gozo Museum of Archaeology: 32189. Courtesy of Heritage Malta, photography © Daniel Cilia.

Located between southern Italy and the northern coast of Africa, the Maltese archipelago was home to an astonishing and artistically rich prehistoric culture. During the later Temple Period (ca. 3600–2500 bce), the early Maltese constructed extraordinary megalithic complexes to house cultic and funerary rituals, and produced an outstanding range of aesthetically refined representations of the human form, the variety of which is unmatched in contemporary cultures. Temple and Tomb marks the first time that these objects have come to the United States, with the exhibition including sculptures in stone and clay, decorative architectural reliefs, and historic drawings, watercolors, and photographs. Together, they tell the story of a flourishing prehistoric culture whose architectural and aesthetic achievements remain largely unknown to an American audience.