What’s New, Doc? – A Preview of the New Palace Museum in Narbonne

What’s New at the Palace? Exhibition, Narbonne, France

With the opening of a new museum on Roman Narbonne, NarboVia, in 2020, the Palace Museums complex decided to show off some of its collections that have been languishing away from the public gaze.  Since the Roman objects will be leaving the Palace, their place will be taken by others plucked from the 40,000-odd strong archives and in that sense, this was a mini-preview of what is to come.

There isn’t much to say, except that it’s great that Narbonne is going to get an opportunity to show off more of its collection and history.  The importance of the city since the Roman era should make it a real cultural hub that draws international crowds.

Stone polisher, c4800BC, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Portrait of Paul Tournal, 1872, Jean-Pierre Monséret, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France.  Tournal founded the local archaeological commission in 1833 and he worked to save and preserve old Narbonne.

Chancel slab, called ‘triumphant cross stele’, c600, reused ancient stone, placed in the old church of St Marie de Narbonne, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bas-reliefs from the tomb of Pierre de la Jugie, late 14th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bas-relief from the tomb of Pierre de la Jugie, late 14th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bas-relief from the tomb of Pierre de la Jugie, late 14th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bas-relief from the tomb of Pierre de la Jugie, late 14th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bas-relief from the tomb of Pierre de la Jugie, late 14th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bas-relief from the tomb of Pierre de la Jugie, late 14th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

The Knights Panel, 13th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

The Knights Panel, 13th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Detail of two charging knights from The Knights Panel, 13th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Detail of a knight on a happy horse from The Knights Panel, 13th century, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Floor tile with a scene from the Story of Renard, c1500, from the Château Comtal in Carcassonne, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Floor tile depicting a man, c1500, from the Château Comtal in Carcassonne, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Abraham entertaining the Three Angels, 15th century, Greece, anonymous artist, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Bust of Louis XIV, c1680, Antoine Coysevox, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Ganesh, 19th/20th century, Angkor region, Cambodia, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Detail of Ganesh, 19th/20th century, Angkor region, Cambodia, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Head of Buddha, 17th/18th century, Thailand, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Possibly Kuan Ti, the God of War, 1644-1911, China, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Dainichi Nyorai (Vairocana), 1615-1868, Japan, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Detail of Dainichi Nyorai (Vairocana), 1615-1868, Japan, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Amitayus Buddha, 17th-19th century, Tibet, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Vajradhara, 17th-19th century, Tibet, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Tara (?), 17th-19th century, Tibet, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Pipa Player, 618-907 possibly China, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Dignitary, 618-907, China, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Rider musician, 19th-20th century, China, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Dish with Deer, 17th century, Manises in Spain, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Dish with double headed eagle, 17th century, Reus in Spain, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

Anthropomorphic Coffin of Lady Amenirdis, 7th-6th century BC, ‘What’s New at the Palace?” Exhibition, Narbonne, France

So In Summary

This eclectic mix of interesting objects certainly whets the appetite for Narbonne’s hitherto neglected treasures.  There really isn’t anything to add, except that I can’t wait to go back to Narbonne in 2020 and see what they’ve done to the museums!

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