The Michael C. Carlos Museum has grown into one of the most esteemed institutions in the Southeast with more than 17,000 artifacts, art and objects from ancient Africa, Asia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Nubia, as well as an impressive collection of paper works dating back to the Renaissance.
Covering the full spectrum of the Nile Valley’s civilization, the collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities and artifacts spans historical periods from the early Prehistoric to Roman times. Highlights of this fascinating collection include the oldest Egyptian mummy in the world, as well as 10 other sarcophagi, one of which is thought to be the lost pharaoh, Ramesses I. Other objects include nine coffins, and funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC).
The collections of Greek and Roman Art span over four millennia from the early Neolithic period to the 4th and 5th centuries during the Roman period, including semi-precious stones, works in gold, silver, bronze, ivory and bone. Highlights of the Greek and Roman collection range from one of the earliest bathtubs in the world and a marble Roman sarcophagus from the 5th century to an over life-size portrait of Tiberius and the garnet head of Berenike II.
The Carlos Museum's collection of art from the Americas consists of more than 2,300 pieces representing all three principal cultural centers, namely Central America, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, including works from the Maya and Aztec to the Inca and Chavín. The collection also features over 600 works from ancient Costa Rica.
The South Asian art collection represents some of the major religious cultures in the world today and their ancient roots, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Dating back to periods between the 1st to the 17th-century works and objects in the collection include a magnificent late 2nd-century sandstone Buddha from Mathura (Indian Buddhism), a 14th-century Tibetan gilded bronze statue (Buddha Shakyamuni), and an 11th-century sculpture of Vishnu (Hindu). The ancient Indian religious tradition Jainism is represented by a 10th-century bronze altar.
The works on the paper collection were begun in 1967 and consist of more than 4,000 drawings, prints, and photographs encompassing French and Italian drawings, Renaissance and Baroque etchings and engravings, American Regionalist prints, 19th and 20th-century photography, and contemporary works. Photo: Michael C. Carlos Museum
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