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A different sort of Valentine at Heritage Malta

For Valentine’s Day, Heritage Malta has come up with an initiative based on the country’s rich cultural heritage.

The National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta will be hosting a small exhibition titled 5,000 Years of Romance. The main exhibit will be the only Maltese prehistoric representation of an embracing couple.  This small, clay-moulded artefact, dating to circa 3,200BC and excavated in Tarxien, clearly represents two people hugging with their faces very close to each other, possibly kissing.

The hug is a universal and time-defying expression of human love and affection; it may also express a sign of support and comfort.

This artefact shows human emotions immortalised through artistic expression and proves that emotions are an integral part of human relationships, irrespective of the era one is living in. This figurine is complemented with jewellery dating from the same period.

This exhibition is open until the end of the month.

5,000 years of Romance is at the National Museum of Archaeology, Republic Street, Valletta until Wednesday, February 28. Admission is free of charge.Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am–5pm (last admission at 4.30pm)

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