University welcomes Mappamundi

[ UniNews Vol. 14, No. 16  5 - 19 September 2005 ]

A tapestry based on the work of renowned Indian artist, Gulammohammed Sheikh was unveiled in the University of Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Asia Centre recently.

The tapestry, Mappamundi (Latin for ‘world map’), is a meditation on contemporary global civilisation. Woven by Cheryl Thornton, Rachel Hine, Caroline Tully and Amy Cornall of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, it depicts Indian village life and mythology alongside Giotto-inspired religious motifs.

Mappamundi hangs in the Sidney Myer Asia Centre’s Yasuko Hiraoka Room, named in memory of the wife of Mr Ken Myer. Yasuko was a keen weaver and studied at one time under Cheryl Thornton, the lead weaver in the Mappamundi project.

The work, on loan to the University, was donated to the Victorian Tapestry Workshop by members of Yasuko’s family, including Mrs Neilma Gantner, Ken Myer’s sister.

The Sidney Myer Asia Centre collection is open to groups on application to Asialink – tel: 8344 4800. Other works in the collection include John Young’s The Pilgrim’s Path and Akio Makigawa’s Spirit Wall, one of Melbourne’s landmark artworks.

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