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The museum’s small but wide-ranging collection of antiquities run from Egyptian reliefs and Assyrian fragments to Cycladic idols and Roman gods. Included in the collection are Cycladic, Greek, Roman, Assyrian, and Egyptian works from as early as the third millennium B.C. The museum’s Luristan bronzes are particularly noted for their quality and significance.
An Egyptian limestone relief dating from the 6th dynasty and said to be from the tomb chapel of Ni’ankhnesut at Saqqara, a falcon mummy case, and other animal forms associated with burial offerings hint at the power of Egyptian royal art and the pursuit of eternal life while Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals dating from as early as the third millennium B.C. address the beginning of writing in the Western world. Roman works include a floor mosaic from Daphne, a luxurious garden suburb of Antioch near the present-day border between Turkey and Syria, and a powerful nude torso of a man and a finely featured head of a satyr sensitively carved in luminous white marble.