Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean collection will be off view until further notice due to gallery renovations.

Antiquities from Mediterranean cultures are among the museum’s earliest acquisitions. These initial purchases—which document the history of ceramic art on Cyprus for more than a millennium preceding the Roman era—were followed by the acquisition of Egyptian artworks dating from the Pre-Dynastic period to the New Kingdom.  During the past century, the collection has been augmented by Mycenaean, Geometric, Corinthian, and red- and black-figure vases representing ancient Greece.  Also notable are seals, cuneiform, and figurative tablets from Mesopotamia dating from the early second millennium B.C.; examples of Roman sculpture; and glass and carvings from Palmyra.

Bernard Barryte
Curator of European Art



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