Rabaçal Museum - Area : Penela City Hall

Picture: MUSEUM 1st Floor
Picture: MUSEUM 1st Floor
Picture: Bas-Relief


Permanent Exhibition

1st Floor

The Roman villa of Rabašal: once upon a time... exhibition has six main themes. The first four are categorized by the materials they involve; the fifth one is dedicated to Man and woman, landscape shapers, and the final theme is based on the idea of the unfinished, the incomplete, this because "all work is incomplete". The themes are divided as follows:

A) Stone

  • and acanthus (bas-reliefs)
  • and construction (equipment and architectural module)
  • and mosaic (tesserae)
  • and fire (flint)
  • and bread (sandstone millstones)

B) Metal

  • and transport (axel cap, horseshoe)
  • and coins (nummus, coin circulation)
  • and writing (stylus)
  • and adornment (clasps, pins, rings, brooches)
  • and the table (cups, handles)
  • and work (tools of various trades)
  • and construction (nails, clamps, chisel)
  • and weapons (lances, hilts)

C) Pottery

  • and construction (tiles, bricks, pieces of vaulting)
  • and lighting (small lamps)
  • and food (cups, plates, pans, pots)
  • and the dairy (cheese press)
  • and weaving (weights for loom)
  • and games (quoits)

D) Glass

  • and mosaic (glass tesserae)
  • and adornments (bracelet, ring)
  • and the table (jug, cup)

E) Man

  • and Woman
  • and nature
  • and society
  • and the supernatural

F) An unfinished space...

The exhibition, which we wish to extend beyond the objects in themselves, is supported by panels and showcases (organised according to sound architectural and aesthetic principles); texts, including maps, diagrams, photographs and scenarios, appropriate lighting, audio-visual resources and background sound.
The exhibition space as an entirety should be a place of emotions, where common material from our daily lives leaves the domain of the utilitarian and enters a symbolic dimension (PESSOA, RODRIGO, SANTOS, 2001, p. 9-10).