100 Treasures / 100 Emotions

GBP £30.00


Paperback with flaps

ISBN: 978-1-911282-80-8

224 pages

254 x 210mm, (8 ¼ x 10 in)

205 colour illustrations

In association with Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

January 2022


“This meditation on a large collection is both focused and expansive, reminding us that human society and all its production function fundamentally in the service of human emotion.”—Sarah Rose Sharp, Hyperallergic: The Best Art Books of 2022

A thought-provoking, visual feast, which presents a diverse range of art objects to build emotional bridges between art objects and the viewer within a social history context.

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This entirely new volume focuses on 100 works from a vast collection of 15,000 objects, to highlight the the depth and history of the new Macquarie University History Museum, and its focus on the story and the human condition beyond the borders of space and time. The authors are united in a bold move to investigate objects from a non-standard, emotional perspective, using modern research to reveal the value and meaning in objects beyond the facts.

This story is told through a mixture of short essays and colour plates of 100 selected objects drawn from across five continents and over the course of 5,000 years. These objects—ranging from fragments of an ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, to a WWI era Turkish Star medal—have been chosen by 52 Museum staff and Macquarie scholars to achieve a representative and rigorously researched survey of human experience and creativity over five millennia. drawing on the depth and history of Macquarie’s collections. Professor Martin Bommas, coordinates short essays on each of the 100 selected objects by a broad range of academic authors, complemented by entirely new photography of the objects commissioned from award winning photographer Effy Alexakis.

Author biographies

Martin Bommas is director of the Macquarie University History Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Effy Alexakis is a photographer for Macquarie University, and has taught photography at the Australian Centre for Photography and at various TAFE colleges.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword by Martina Möllering
  • Introduction: From Thing to Object: Material Culture and Emotions by Martin Bommas
  • Catalogue
  • Index
  • Author Biographies