|MuCEM © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|The amulets being checked and then installed in the display case. © Pitt Rivers Museum|
At MuCEM the other objects and art works of the exhibition were also being installed - objects exploring the nature of holy sites of shared significance among different religions around the Mediterranean.
The loaned amulets derive from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, made in continental Europe, north Africa and the near East. They are all part of a large collection made by Adrien de Mortillet, which was the focus of our recent Small Blessings project.
Twelve of the Pitt Rivers amulets were put in a display case together. The other two were displayed in a case with other objects from the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem. These two circular tablets are made of white clay. One side is impressed with a geometric motif, the other side shows a feint figure of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus.
|Milk Grotto tablets, Palestine. PRM 1985.52.938 © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Milk Grotto display © Pitt Rivers Museum|
MuCEM was built for 2013 when Marseille was European Capital of Culture. Marseille is a historic port city and a modern meeting place for Mediterranean cultures which makes it an entirely appropriate place for an exhibition such as this. The exhibition is on until 31 August 2015.
|MuCEM and Fort Saint-Jean. © Pitt Rivers Museum|
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