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The Faras Gallery

The set of monuments on display in the Faras Gallery, inaugurated in 1972, arrived in Poland from the Sudan with the Polish archaeological mission taking part in the large-scale international operation organized under the auspices of UNESCO in 1960-1964 with a view to rescuing the monuments of Nubia from inundation by the waters of an artificial lake to emerge with the construction of the High Dam on the Nile in the region of Assouan.

Bishop Marianos with the Virgin Mary and Child Bishop Marianos with the Virgin Mary and Child

The findings were divided between the Polish and the Sudanese side, as a result of which the National Museum has acquired a collection, unique by Europen standards, of mediaeval religious painting originating in Africa. Dated to come from between the 8th and 14th centuries, the paintings were taken down from the walls of the cathedral in Faras (the ancient Pachoras), one of the metropolitan centres in the Kingdom of Nubia, by archaeologists and conservators.

St. Anne, wall painting St. Anne

On display besides over sixty paintings in tempera on dry plaster, representing divinities and saints (the Virgin Mary, Christ, archangels, saint warriors, the Apostles and hermits) and Nubian church and lay dignitaries (the bishops Petros and Marianos, king Georgios, and the eparch), are elements of the architectural decoration of the cathedral, inscriptions, a set of glass vessels from Faras and Old Dongola, illustrating the evolution of the forms and decoration of Nubian pottery in the early Christian period, vessels from the pre-Christian period and a large set crosses from Ethiopia and the region of (the Dr. Waclaw Korabiewicz collection and Professor Stanislaw Chojnacki 's donation).

Maiestas Crucis Maiestas Crucis

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