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Model of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem made from mother-of-pearl. The dome is hinged and lifts in the same manner as the lid of a jewellery box.
The collection comprises a mother-of-pearl model of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, a Palestinian flag, Palestinian traditional costumes and embroideries, Muslim and Christian religious artefacts, and political ephemera. This is a selection of objects originally compiled from the private collections of the Palestinian community in Australia for an exhibition in 1995 and offered to the National Museum of Australia as a donation that same year.
This is a significant example of both 'transported' cultural heritage and the dual identities of migrant Australians. Significant numbers of Palestinians arrived in Australia after the Second World War escaping discrimination and economic hardship in their homeland, with the last major wave arriving in the aftermath of the Gulf War in 1991. While Palestinians forge new identities in Australia, objects such as the model of the Dome of the Rock; the distinctive clothing of Palestinian women which reinforces the connections between clothing, land and identity; and the first Palestinian flag to be raised in Australia, demonstrate a determination to preserve their connection with Palestine. The collection also illustrates the community?s efforts in raising awareness of the political situation and struggle for Palestinian autonomy in their homeland.
W 503mm x H 224mm x D 503mm
Date of event
First Palestinian Cultural exhibition at the Sydney Opera House
Continuation of the First Palestinian Cultural exhibition at Melville Hall on the campus of the Australian National University
This object was bought to Australia by the PLO to be exhibited in the First Palestinian Cultural exhibition in Sydney and Canberra in 1987
The office of the PLO in Canberra that arranged the exhibition
Place of event
This object was exhibited at the Sydney Opera House in 1987
This object was exhibited at Melville Hall in 1987