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The Classical World at Dumbarton Oaks

The Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks includes many of the finest examples of artworks produced in Byzantium, an empire centered in Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) from roughly the fourth through fifteenth century CE. Less well known are the museum’s substantial holdings of ancient and late antique art, collected as part of what Mildred Barnes Bliss called the “Mediterranean interpretation” of humanistic research.

 

Exhibit Items

Head of a Caryatid

Roman copy of Greek original of 2nd century BCE–3rd century CE; marble; 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.). BZ.1939.1

Rearing Horse

Romano-Arabian, 2nd century; bronze; 102 × 28 × 106 cm (40 3/16 × 11 × 41 3/4 in.). BZ.1938.12

Herm with Acanthus Leaves

Rome, date uncertain; bronze; 144 × 25.8 × 14.8 cm (56 11/16 ×10 3/16 × 5 13/16 in.). BZ.1940.22

Urn

Late Roman, 3rd–4th century; porphyry; 40 × 45 cm (15 3/4 × 17 11/16 in.). BZ.1941.5

Nomarch or Priest

Ptolemaic Egyptian, late 2nd–early 1st century BCE; limestone; 31.5 × 17.5 × 19.5 cm (12 3/8 × 6 7/8 in. × 7 11/16 in.). BZ.1937.13

Portrait of Menander

Roman, 1st century, copy of Greek original of 3rd century BCE; marble; 34 × 17.5 × 23 cm (13 3/8 × 6 7/8 × 9 1/16 in.). BZ.1946.2

Tribute Bearer or Servant with an Offering

Persian, 486–465 BCE; limestone; 50 × 30 × 10.2 cm (19 11/16 × 11 13/16 × 4 in.). BZ.1932.4

Two Tribute Bearers or Servants with Offerings

Persian, 486–465 BCE; limestone; 37.5 × 67.5 × 9 cm (14 3/4 × 26 9/16 × 3 9/16 in.). BZ.1931.1

Mosaic with Apollo

Late Roman, 3rd-4th century; mosaic; 144.8 × 94 cm (57 × 37 in.). BZ.1967.44.2a

Mosaic with Erotes Fishing

Late Roman, late 2nd or 3rd century; mosaic; 167.5 × 264.5 cm (65 15/16 × 104 1/8 in.). BZ.1940.64.