Exhibits: Near East, Nubian, Egypt Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Mayan, Native American
The Ancient World collection includes objects from Britain to Afghanistan, including sculpture and architecture, coffins and mummies, coins and jewellery, weapons and musical instruments.
Of particular interest in the Egyptian collection are a number of artefacts from Armana demonstrating the change in religion and artistic style during the reign of Akhenaten. Also from the Nile is an impressive collection of Nubian artefacts, which includes a granite royal sarcophagus, colossal stone statues, as well as fine gold and silver vessels and jewellery. These Nubian objects come from excavations undertaken by the Museum’s Dr George Reisner, who excavated in Nubia between 1906 and 1942.
The Classical World is also well represented at the MFA, from prehistory (Neolithic, Bronze Age, later Iron Age) to the Athenian, Roman and Byzantine periods. Of particular note are over 250 portraits of Roman Emperors and Empresses. There are a number of objects from the Ancient Near East, including one of the striding lions (in glazed brick) that decorated the walls of the processional way that led to the Ishtar gate at Babylon.
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