Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

November 29, 2011

The Palace of the Legion of Honor has a nice little collection of classical antiquities.

Season sarcophagus, ca. 270 CE


Glass flasks, Roman, Eastern Mediterranean


Torso of Hermes, 2nd century CE


Figurine of a dancing woman, Sicily, 2nd century BCE


Cycladic figure, ca. 2500 BCE

Asklepios, 2nd century BCE


Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul

June 28, 2011

A few of the many, many things on display at Istanbul’s great Museum of Archaeology:

Gladiator relief with bull-riding

Stele from Amissos (first century CE)

Stele for Severius Acceptus

Stele for four men, Cyzicos, Hellenistic era


Detail of Mourning Women sarcophagus, circa 350 BCE

detail of Porphyrios monument base, circa 500 CE


Detail of Orpheus-themed mosaic, circa 500 CE


Antiquities at the Chazen Museum of Art

March 20, 2011

The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has a nice little collection of Roman art.

Man with scroll, Roman, 3rd century CE

Perhaps Gaius Caesar, 10-5 BCE

Homs, Syria, 5th century CE

Detail of a Roman sarcophagus, 3rd century CE

Homs, Syria, 5th century CE