The antiquities collection at the MFAH highlights the art of the ancient cultures surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, and the Middle East.
From ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire, these works of art provide an introduction to the styles and subjects found in the art of the ancient world.
Art of the ancient world greets MFAH visitors in the atriums of the Audrey Jones Beck Building. Glowing with natural light, works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East include a gold myrtle wreath, a lama deity, a magnificent bronze head of a god or hero, and a monumental bronze sculpture of a Roman ruler. Among the objects from ancient Egypt are a spectacular coffin of the priest Pedi-Osiris and a rare sculpture of the god Thoth as an ibis.