Ancient & Classical

  • Ceramic figurine of a bird featuring a woman’s face

    Unidentified artist, Greek, Harpy Figurine, c. 600 BCE, ceramic, 6 x 7 x 4 inches, Gift to the University of Colorado Classics Department, Transfer, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2006.29, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Detail of a silver coin with an elephant stamped on it with the word Caesar underneath

    Unidentified artist, Roman, Ob: Sacrificial instruments of priesthoods | Re: CAESAR, 49-48 BCE, Silver aureus denarius, 7/10 inch dia., Gift of Wilton Jaffee to the University of Colorado Classics Department (2003), Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2010.04.79, Photo: Scott Nikiel, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

  • ancient three-legged ceramic bowl

    Unidentified artist, Shang Dynasty, Tripod Vessel, 13th – 11th c. BCE, earthenware, 3 x 4 dia. inches, Gift of Warren and Shirley King, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012.12.188, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

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Our Ancient and Classical Collection provides an overview of the ancient and classical world and offers many opportunities for cross-cultural study.  Works from ancient Greece and Rome as well as Asia and Egypt provide insight into past civilizations.

Highlights of this collection include an impressive numismatics assemblage of close to 800 coins including the Wilton Jaffee Roman Coin Collection , composed of rare coins that reveal the entire history of the Roman Empire. We also have notable Greek ceramic and Roman glass vessels.

The Ancient Asian collection features Iranian vessels and Chinese ceramics. In 2012, Warren and Shirley King generously gifted the King Collection, which contains Asian vessels dating as far back as Neolithic China. This gift vastly expanded our holdings of ancient objects and enhances opportunities for research and study.

In 2012, we received a gift of Coptic textiles, which are prime examples of Christian Egyptian workmanship from the fourth to 10th centuries CE.