San Antonio Museum or Art

Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

Egyptian collection: First floor of the Nancy Brown Negley West Tower

Greek and Roman collections: The Ewing Halsell Wing

Ancient Near Eastern collection: Fourth floor of the Nancy Brown Negley West Tower

The San Antonio Museum of Art houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman art in the southern United States. 

The Egyptian collection represents nearly 4,000 years of civilization, from the Predynastic through Roman periods. A colossal statue of the goddess Sekhmet greets visitors to the Egyptian galleries. Other highlights of the collection include a remarkable Fourth Dynasty portrait of a woman carved of diorite and a group of twenty-eight relief sculptures from Amarna, the capital city of the Eighteenth Dynasty king Akhenaten. Among important works representing later phases of Egyptian history is a large, exquisitely preserved bronze votive statuette depicting a lion-headed goddess. Intricately carved cylinder seals and a silver bowl from Achaemenid Persia are highlights of the collection of ancient Near Eastern art. 

The centerpiece of the museum’s holdings of Greek art is a substantial collection representing the major developments in Greek vase-painting, with particular concentrations in Attic black- and red-figure and south Italian vessels. The museum's Roman sculpture collection, displayed in the breathtaking Denman Gallery, encompasses portraits, funerary sculpture, and mythological subjects. Especially noteworthy are several statues formerly in the collections of British nobility, including four from the celebrated Lansdowne collection (portraits of the emperors Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, a bust of a woman, and a Cupid and Psyche) and the sleeping Ariadne from Wilton House. Another strength of the collection is a large group of Greek and Roman glass vessels from the eastern Mediterranean.

 

Relief Fragment with Mentu-em-hat

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, circa. 660-650 B.C.

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Stater of Nectanebo II

Egyptian, Dynasty 30, reign of Nectanebo II, 361–343 BC

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Mummy Mask

Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BC

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Coffin Panel with Isis

Egyptian, Late Ptolemaic Period–early Roman Period, mid-1st century BC–early 2nd century AD

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Cylinder Seal

Neo-Assyrian, circa 700 BC

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Female Figure

Cycladic, Early Cycladic II, circa 2700-2500 BC

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Stirrup Jar

Minoan, Late Minoan III, circa 1300–1200 BC

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Olpe (Pitcher) with Animal Friezes

Greek, Corinthian, circa 650–625 BC

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Amphora (Jar) with Herakles and the Nemean Lion

Greek, Athenian, circa 550–540 BC

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Stater of Corinth

Greek, circa 500-480 B.C.

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