Scope of the Collections

The museum collections feature 12,000 objects from the geographic and cultural areas of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mexico, Central America, and South America, as well as North America and prehistoric Europe. We are also fortunate to be able to study and display numerous objects on loan to the museum, including over 2,000 ancient Egyptian objects from the Eton College Myers Collection, a selection of ancient Greek ceramics from the Baltimore Museum of Art, and an ancient Egyptian mummified woman from Goucher College.

We are currently working to catalog our entire collection so that it can be accessible online. A selection of objects in our collections can also be accessed through ARTSTOR. The search function at the top right of this website can also be used to locate various objects and related content featured on our website.

Some of our collection strengths include: Latin funerary inscriptions, the Mendes Israel Cohen Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, a nearly complete Roman surgical kit (shown at right), the Sidney Painter Collection of Roman Coins, a significant collection of prehistoric European and North American lithics, and a type collection of ceramics from ancient Cyprus.

More information about collection items from specific cultural and geographic areas is listed below.

Roman surgical kit, 1st-2nd century CE, Found at Colophon, Turkey, Copper alloy, iron alloy, stone, William H. Buckler Collection, JHAM Buckler 1-9, 11-35
Egypt

Amulets, scarabs, and jewelry
Canopic jars
Ceramic lamps
Ceramic, stone, glass, faience, and copper alloy vessels
Ceramic, wood, stone, and copper alloy statues and figurines
Copper alloy mirrors
Funerary cones
Inscribed ostraca
Kohl pots and kohl tubes in wood, ivory and faience
Lithics
Mummified animals
Relief fragments
Seals and sealings
Shabtis
Stelae
Stone cosmetic palettes
Textiles
Weapons and military equipment
Wooden coffin and coffin elements
Wooden headrests
Wooden models

Greece

Architectural elements and relief fragments
Black and red figure ceramic vessels
Ceramic and copper alloy figurines
Ceramic, glass, and copper alloy vessels
Ceramic lamps
Cypriot ceramics
Jewelry
Stone funerary monuments
Stone statue fragments
Weapons and military equipment

Mexico, Central America, and South America

Ceramic and bone figurines
Ceramic and stone vessels
Ceramic, stone, and copper alloy masks
Jewelry
Relief fragments

Near East

Ceramic vessels and lamps
Cuneiform tablets and cones
Cylinder seals and sealings

North America

Ceramic vessels
Lithics

Prehistoric Europe

Animal remains
Bone and horn tools
Ceramic spindle whorls
Ceramic vessel sherds
Copper alloy bracelets, rings, and buttons
Copper and iron alloy weapons and tools
Lithics

Rome

Anatomical votive objects
Architectural elements and relief fragments
Ceramic lamps
Ceramic, stone, and copper alloy figurines
Ceramic vessels, including terra sigillata
Coins
Copper alloy fibulae
Copper alloy handles and utensils
Copper alloy stamps
Curse tablet
Fresco and mosaic fragments
Funerary urns
Glass and copper alloy vessels
Hair pins
Jewelry
Latin funerary inscriptions
Lead alloy pipes
Stamped bricks
Stone statue fragments
Surgical implements, shears, and tweezers
Textiles
Weapons and military equipmentTextiles

Egypt

Amulets, scarabs, and jewelry
Canopic jars
Ceramic lamps
Ceramic, stone, glass, faience, and copper alloy vessels
Ceramic, wood, stone, and copper alloy statues and figurines
Copper alloy mirrors
Funerary cones
Inscribed ostraca
Kohl pots and kohl tubes in wood, ivory and faience
Lithics
Mummified animals
Relief fragments
Seals and sealings
Shabtis
Stelae
Stone cosmetic palettes
Textiles
Weapons and military equipment
Wooden coffin and coffin elements
Wooden headrests
Wooden models

Greece

Architectural elements and relief fragments
Black and red figure ceramic vessels
Ceramic and copper alloy figurines
Ceramic, glass, and copper alloy vessels
Ceramic lamps
Cypriot ceramics
Jewelry
Stone funerary monuments
Stone statue fragments
Weapons and military equipment

Mexico, Central America, and South America

Ceramic and bone figurines
Ceramic and stone vessels
Ceramic, stone, and copper alloy masks
Jewelry
Relief fragments

Near East

Ceramic vessels and lamps
Cuneiform tablets and cones
Cylinder seals and sealings

North America

Ceramic vessels
Lithics

Prehistoric Europe

Animal remains
Bone and horn tools
Ceramic spindle whorls
Ceramic vessel sherds
Copper alloy bracelets, rings, and buttons
Copper and iron alloy weapons and tools
Lithics

Rome

Anatomical votive objects
Architectural elements and relief fragments
Ceramic lamps
Ceramic, stone, and copper alloy figurines
Ceramic vessels, including terra sigillata
Coins
Copper alloy fibulae
Copper alloy handles and utensils
Copper alloy stamps
Curse tablet
Fresco and mosaic fragments
Funerary urns
Glass and copper alloy vessels
Hair pins
Jewelry
Latin funerary inscriptions
Lead alloy pipes
Stamped bricks
Stone statue fragments
Surgical implements, shears, and tweezers
Textiles
Weapons and military equipmentTextiles