Back to the Roots

This small exhibition on the upper floor of the Altes Museum draws on exemplary objects within the Collection of Classical Antiquities’ own holdings to put the spotlight on the Aegean Bronze Age and the material legacy of the developments that occurred during this period, which climaxed in the region’s ‘palace culture’.The Collection of Classical Antiquities presides over several treasures from protohistory already familiar to scholars and the general public, as well as objects dating from the Aegean Bronze Age that are not very well known at all. The museum shop on the Altes Museum’s upper floor now displays around 50 objects distributed in 10 exhibition cases. On show are previously exhibited, well-known finds, such as the burial complex of the island Syros (an Early Bronze Age burial complex with outstanding stone vessels), Cycladic idols, anthropomorphic terracotta and bronze statuettes, a Late Bronze Age tomb complex from the De?irmentepe necropolis at Miletus. Alongside them however some unusual, peculiar vessels, masterpieces of Late Bronze Age pottery and several items of jewellery. These interesting and diverse objects offer visitors an introduction into the diversity of protohistory in the Mediterranean region and provide a good overview of the entire spectrum of the Bronze Age in the Aegean.