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Antiquities from Egypt, the Near-Orient, Greece, and Italy

The museum’s collection consists of around 4000 items from the ancient cultures in the area around the Mediterranean Sea.

The mummy of the temple singer Ta-bast along with amulets in faience, clay figurines, bronze bowls, and incense altars illustrate the Egyptian and Near-Oriental past greatness. From the Greek Antiquity, the museum offers a large selection of pottery, e.g. jars from Mycenae, black and red-figure pottery from Athens, and the beautifully decorated Corinthian pottery which was very popular in the Antiquity and exported to the whole Mediterranean. Votive offerings for the gods and burial gifts for the dead in the shape of clay figures, bronze dress pins, and drinking cups show aspects of both everyday life and festivities in Roman society. Furthermore, the museum owns one of Northern Europe’s most significant coin collections at about 2500 Greek and Roman coins.

The original items come from other museums’ depositing, donations of private collections as well as purchases. The original items are placed in exhibition cases throughout the museum working both as a supplement but also as a contrast to the white plaster casts. While the white sculptures are usually known as the hallmark of the Antiquity, the smaller original items offer a new perspective on the Antiquity which was far from just white marble.

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