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The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, the Aegean Bronze Age, Classical Greece, and Imperial Rome are represented by choice works of art that range in date from the fourth millennium B.C.E. to the third century C.E. Objects cover a variety of artistic media and include a comprehensive set of Mesopotamian seals, an Assyrian alabaster palace relief, sunken-relief hieroglyphics from an Egyptian tomb, a late Egyptian mummy case, a marble Cycladic figurine, a fine Greek pottery collection, and Roman bronze and marble sculptures. This ancient art survey is augmented with a rotation of vintage photographs of some of antiquity’s most prominent monuments.

Winged Genie Pollinating the Date Palm Full Image

artist/maker:
Nimrud (Kalhu)

date:
883–859 B.C.E.

medium:
alabaster, 94 x 90 inches

nationality:
Assyrian

period:
reign of Ashurnasirpal II

Object no: 0.114

Gift of Dr. Wilson A. Farnsworth, Class of 1848

 
Relief from Giza Full Image

artist/maker:
Mastaba G7911, Eastern Cemetery, Giza

date:
2520–2195 B.C.E.

medium:
limestone, 14 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

nationality:
Egyptian

period:
Old Kingdom, Fifth/Sixth Dynasty

Object no: 2005.022

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Fund

Sarcophagus of Hathor-Mut-Netcher Full Image

date:
664–343 B.C.E.

medium:
painted gesso on wood, 70 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches (detail)

nationality:
Egyptian

period:
Late, Twenty-Sixth to Thirtieth Dynasty

Object no: 2000.014

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund

Mycenaean Psi-Figurine Full Image

date:
c. 1340–1190 B.C.E.

medium:
painted terracotta, H. 3 7/8 inches

nationality:
Greek

period:
Late Helladic IIIB

Object no: 2006.008

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Fund

Aryballos Full Image

date:
c. 575 B.C.E.

medium:
terracotta, H. 4 1/2 inches (detail)

nationality:
Corinthian

period:
Early Archaic

Object no: 2002.025

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Acquisition Fund, the Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund, and the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund.

Black-Figure Kalpis Full Image

artist/maker:
attributed to the Rycroft Painter

date:
c. 520 B.C.E.

medium:
terracotta, H. 14 inches (detail)

nationality:
Greek, Attic

period:
Late Archaic

Object no: 2005.023

Purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Fund

Attic Black-Figure Amphora Full Image

artist/maker:
circle of The Antimenes Painter

date:
c. 530–520 B.C.E.

medium:
terracotta, H. 15 5/8, dia. 10 inches

nationality:
Greek

Object no: 1991.002

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund, the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund, the Walter Cerf Acquisition Fund, and the Memorial Art Fund

Red-Figure Neck Amphora (Doubleen) Full Image

artist/maker:
attributed by J. D. Beazley to the Berlin Painter

date:
c. 470 B.C.E.

medium:
terracotta , H. 14 5/8 inches

nationality:
Greek, Attic

period:
Early Classical

Object no: 2001.019

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund

Portrait of Commodus as Crown Prince Full Image

date:
c. 175–177 C.E.

medium:
marble, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

nationality:
Roman

period:
Imperial period

Object no: 2000.015

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund

Child’s Sarcophagus with Relief Depicting Scenes from the Hippolytus Myth Full Image

date:
210–220

medium:
marble, 12 x 45 x 16 inches

nationality:
Roman

Object no: 1993.001

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund, the Overbrook Foundation, and the Memorial Art Fund