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Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...

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'We all live in Australia' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Murray Walker using images created by Aboriginal schoolchildren from Echuca in Victoria, Cape Barren Island in Tasmania and Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory. The background is two blue panels on left and right with a larger black panel in the centre. Colourful childlike representations ...

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'Ngak Ngak in Limmen Bight Country' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Northern Territory artist Ginger Riley. The design is in white, red, orange, purple and green on a blue background and is a representation of the artist's 'mother country'. The white sea eagle Ngak Ngak appears prominently on the left. Also seen are the dual serpent-creator Garmilal, ...

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'The Heidelberg School' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The background is white and pale pink. There are portraits of artists Tom Roberts (at left) and Arthur Streeton (at right) as young men. At left is the cover of the catalogue from the 9 x 5 Impression exhibition of 1889. At the bottom is an extract from Joseph Furphy's ...

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'Home Sweet Home' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. In the centre on a sky-blue background is a Federation house. The sky can be seen through the windows and it appears to be hollow. Underneath it are the words 'Home [illegible] Home'. Above the house is the sun in a blue sky. The left and right top sections have ...

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'Making Do' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The panel consists of images and handwritten words on a pale blue and gold background. The Eureka flag, made from fabric, forms the centrepiece of the design. Across the top are small ink drawings of items including a house, a windmill and toys. There are photographic ...

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'Celebrations 2001' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Sydney artist Martin Sharp. The background colour is blue, with gold borders on the top and bottom, and small gold panels enclosing red text. In the centre is a large red map of Australia with the word 'Eternity' in handwriting inside. Written across the panel is the complete quotation: ...

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'Federation celebrations Melbourne 1901' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel titled 'Federation celebrations Melbourne 1901', designed by cartoonist Bruce Petty and woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. In a largely black-and-white panel, Petty depicts the 1901 Federation celebrations in Melbourne, portraying the Chinese ...

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'Cavalcade' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel titled 'Cavalcade', designed by artist Murray Walker and woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. The panel presents a historical procession that begins before the arrival of Europeans, and takes the viewer through various voyages of discovery, initial ...

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'Alone in the bush' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel titled 'Alone in the bush', which was designed by Sydney artist and musician Reg Mombassa and woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. It depicts a lonely, prophet-like shepherd seated in front of a contemporary suburban bungalow, reading the Bible ...

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Kurdish kilim, 1993-94

This is a traditional Kurdish kilim, handwoven in scarlet wool with multicoloured geometric patterns picked out in green, yellow, black and blue. The kilim is fringed with the white cotton warp threads and has been worked in bands; alternating between red, black and multicoloured sections.

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The sweet smell of flower science

Giving sweet-smelling flowers is a timeless tradition, but how does our body respond to flower fragrances? Watch this clip to discover plant chemicals called prolyl endopeptidase inhibitors (PEI) associated with scent. These chemicals promote the production of hormones and a nervous system reaction.

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Giant tube worms

This is an image of more than thirty giant tube worms ('Riftia pachyptila') anchored on the sea bed. White protective outer tubes produced by the worms are visible. Red plumes project from the top of the outer tubes. The plumes are part of the soft body of the worm.

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'Threads of a cultural cloth' tapestry, 1992

This is a large tapestry wall hanging handwoven by members of the Spanish Latin-American migrant group in Adelaide, South Australia. Made from woollen yarn in vibrant colours, it depicts a mosaic of Latin-American social, cultural and historical themes and icons. It was made in 1992 as a contribution to the 'America 500 ...

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Captain Cook's travelling chest, mid-18th century

This leather-covered wooden chest, which is 78.2 cm long, 38.7 cm wide and 34.7 cm high, belonged to sailor and explorer Captain James Cook. It is made of fruit wood, possibly cherry or apple, and is covered in dark olive-green leather on which brass nails or upholsterers' tacks form patterns. The outside edges are protected ...

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Coptic textile piece, 3rd century

This is a fragment of linen and wool, made in Egypt during the 3rd century. It shows a roughly oval-shaped trefoil (a three-lobed decorative unit) leaf-shaped floral motif, worked on a linen warp in black, red and dark-tan wool in tapestry weave within a plain weave ground. The fragment measures 7.0 (width) x 9.5 cm (depth).

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Symmetry and pattern: the art of oriental carpets

This resource is a website about the study of symmetry through analysing patterns in oriental carpets. It presents a gallery of different oriental rugs. Details about the patterns in each rug can be accessed by selecting the image of the rug or the key below the images. There are links to pages that explain symmetry and ...

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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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Shopfittings from Bates Milk Bar, 1953

These are timber, steel and plastic shop fittings used at Bates Milk Bar in Bondi, Sydney, from 1953. The fittings consist of two etched glass mirrors depicting beach scenes, two small and two large bevelled glass mirrors, one timber wall frame for the mirrors, three plastic-topped tables with plated steel edges, two timber ...

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'The face at the window,' 1919

This is a photograph showing a large formal sitting room, a studio set for the 1919 Australian silent movie, 'The face at the window', with the top of the set visible. The photograph was taken during production and includes 13 cast members wearing evening dress.