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'Buddha Shakyamuni carrying an alms bowl', 19th century

This is a sculpture depicting Buddha Shakyamuni after attaining enlightenment. It is from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, and dates from the 19th century. The sculpture is shown in an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the important hand gestures (mudras) that represent different days and times of the ...

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'Krishna's divine play', c1830

This is a painted shrine hanging, made about 1830, from the Nathdvara region of Rajasthan in India depicting important scenes from the life of Krishna as a map. The painting is shown as five enlargeable images and in a video. Text onscreen gives information about its religious intention, as a way to attain religious merit ...

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'Miyuki: the imperial outing and hunt', 1600-10

This is a pair of six-fold screens, painted during the Momoyama period (1573-1615) in Japan, depicting chapter 29 of the epic Japanese novel ‘Tale of Genji’. The screens are shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives detailed information on the history of the novel, the period it was written and an extensive visual ...

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Pierced screen (jali), 1630-50

This is a pierced stone screen of a style that was used widely in Indian architecture as windows, room dividers and railings during the Mughal dynasty, Shah Jahan period, India. The sculpture is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the context of such screens, which were often incorporated ...

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Seated Buddha, 2nd century

This is a sculpture depicting Buddha from the Kushan period (2nd century BCE - 3rd century CE) in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. Buddha is dressed in sheer robes and in a pose of meditation. The sculpture is shown in three enlargeable images. Text onscreen gives information about the various representations of Buddha at ...

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Standing adorned Buddha, 12th century

This is a sculpture depicting a standing Buddha forming the double gesture of assurance (abhaya mudra). The sculpture is from the Angkor Wat period (1100-1175) in Cambodia or Thailand. The work of art is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the distinctive Khmer style of this sculpture, the ...

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Standing bodhisattva, 3rd-4th century CE

This is a sculpture depicting a bodhisattva, a compassionate Buddhist being who remains on Earth until all achieve enlightenment. The sculpture is from the Gandharan region of Pakistan. The sculpture is shown in an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the importance of bodhisattvas to Mahayana Buddhism, ...

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The bronze weaver, 6th century CE

This is a 6th century sculpture from Flores, Indonesia, depicting a mother suckling her young child while seated at a simple foot-braced loom. It is the rarest, oldest and most important South-East Asian work of art in the National Gallery of Australia’s collection. The sculpture is shown in nine enlargeable images. Text ...

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Indigenous Australian collection

This federated search from the QAGOMA database features a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from the collection. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, a map of major Indigenous regions in Australia, classroom activities, a glossary ...

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Australian collection

This database features a selection of Australian artworks from QAGOMA. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, classroom activities, a glossary of key terms and curriculum alignment information for teachers. Search results can be refined by theme, period, ...

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Botanical model of a lilac flower, 1865-84

This is a botanical model of a lilac flower, manufactured in France sometime between 1865 and 1884. It is made of painted papier-mâché and mounted on a circular wooden stand. The model features a tall stem that is removable in two parts. The green section of the stem can be removed from the wooden stand, while the flower ...

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Anatomical model of a male silkworm moth, 1884

This is an anatomical model of a male silkworm moth manufactured in France in 1884. The model is constructed of papier-mâché, and the body is bullet-shaped and has a light covering of silk. It has six legs. The two wings on each side of the body are made of copper wire covered with translucent paper. The small head has ...

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Anatomical model of a female silkworm moth, 1884

This is an anatomical model of a female silkworm moth manufactured in France in 1884. The model is constructed of papier-mâché, and the body is bullet-shaped and has a light covering of silk. It has six legs. The two wings on each side of the body are made of copper wire covered with translucent paper. The small head has ...

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Model of the Welcome Nugget, 1858-85

This is a plaster of Paris model of the Welcome Nugget, made between 1858 and 1885 by an unknown craftsman. It is painted gold and green and has a nobbly surface. The Welcome Nugget was found at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1858.

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Boulton and Watt steam engine, 1785

This is a Boulton and Watt steam engine, a double-acting beam type made of cast and wrought iron. It was made by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, England, in 1785. It was used at Whitbread's Brewery in London between 1785 and 1887.

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Strasburg clock model by Richard Bartholomew Smith, 1887

This is a large-scale (1:5) working model of the original astronomical Strasbourg clock in Strasbourg Cathedral in France. This model was made from wood, metal, paper and paint in Australia between 1887 and 1889. The wooden clock case is carved and painted, and detailed with gold paint. The clock displays the position of ...

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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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Tibetan ceremonial bell, 18th century

This is a brass Tibetan ceremonial bell known as a 'drilbu'. It was made in Tibet between 1700 and 1800. The body of the bell features ornate decoration, a tall handle with a circular hollow middle, a face on one side and a crowned top. Inside the bell a metal loop holds a long rusted metal clapper.

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Boar's head covered tureen, 1878

This is a large tureen and cover manufactured by Mintons in England in 1878. The tureen and cover is sculpted in the shape of a boar's head with upward-pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and ears swept back. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves ...

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Bendigo Pottery 'Waverley Ware' jug, c1925-35

This is an earthenware 'Waverley Ware' jug with a low, sharply carinated body, wishbone handle and long spout, manufactured at some stage between 1925 and 1935. The jug has been glazed in brown and streaked with a lighter colour. Fixed to one side of the jug is an oval silver paper label.