The first major exhibition in the U.S. to be devoted to the art and artifacts of prehistoric Malta and featuring many objects never before seen outside the Maltese islands, Temple and Tomb provides insights into Malta’s famous temple sites, which were built from stones weighing up to 20 tons each and quarried using only stone and wooden tools. Older than the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge, they are believed to be the oldest freestanding stone buildings in the world.
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.
Admission to the exhibit is free and includes a guided tour.