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Ancient Art

The works found in this gallery represent many of the cultures that flourished in the ancient world: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Aegean and Cypriot, Greek, Etruscan and Italic, Roman, Late Antique, and Byzantine. These objects call attention to the cross-fertilization of ideas among these cultures, and to their vibrant legacies—legacies that have influenced many succeeding periods and continue to attract us today.

From its first ancient art acquisition in 1957—a bronze figure of Eros believed to be from Pompeii—the museum’s ancient collection has expanded exponentially. In addition to fine bronze statuary, the collection includes highly refined Greek terracotta vessels, Roman Imperial portraits in marble, and many examples of ancient gold jewelry. These works of art allow the visitor a glimpse into life in the ancient Mediterranean and provide an outstanding resource for scholarly research.