Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, Tuesday 22 June – Sunday 29 August.

This exhibition brings together over 100 prehistoric ceramic figurines from Albania, Macedonia, Romania and Japan for the first time. Neolithic figurines from the Archaeological Museum of Tirana in Albania will be amongst the objects on display.

unearthed offers you the opportunity to get up close to these tiny, enigmatic figurines and to consider some of the mysteries of these ancient objects. Why were village dwellers in two unconnected regions making human forms from clay? Why were figurines commonly broken? What were they used for? What was their significance? How do they inform our understanding of early art? The exhibition poses these and other unresolved questions for art and archaeology.

The exhibition challenges us to think more widely about figurines and the expression of the human form. This is explored with a series of contemporary artworks and images, including photographs and animations.

Collect your biscuit-fired figurine made by artist Sue Maufe (included with your admission ticket, subject to availability) and experience the tactile quality of the objects you will see on display.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book, distributed by Oxbow Books, which is available from the Sainsbury Centre Gallery Shop.

unearthed is curated by Professor Douglass Bailey (San Francisco State University), Dr Andrew Cochrane (University of East Anglia) and Dr Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Developed by the Sainsbury Centre and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Exhibitions open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (closed on Mondays including Bank Holidays)

For further information please telephone 01603 593199 or visit

Admission £4, concessions £2; family admission £8, concessions £6

Includes entry to Henry Moore Textiles

Free to Sainsbury Centre Friends and staff and students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA)

The Sainsbury Centre welcomes groups of all ages to visit the galleries and offers special tours with one of our guides and workshops with artists. Group visits must be booked in advance. For information and bookings, email (schools) or (adults) or alternatively call 01603 593199.


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