Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

Bust of Antinous, Roman, AD 131–138; found in Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Italy; marble. Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines. Image © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Daniel Lebée, Carine Déambrosis / Art Resource, NY

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
March 27–September 9, 2018

Getty Center
Los Angeles, CA

Egypt, the most ancient of the Mediterranean civilizations, held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans. This major international loan exhibition explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times. The installation includes royal Egyptian stone vessels sent to Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, Archaic Greek pottery and sculpture inspired by Egyptian models, portraits in Egyptian and Greek style created during Greek rule in Egypt, and religious images and luxury goods made for Roman patrons in Italy.


Items on loan

The ANS had a total of 12 objects on loan to this exhibition. Highlights of the loan include:

Silver Tetradrachm of Sabaces, Egypt, 338 BC – 333 BC. 1944.100.75462

Gold Coin, Alexandria, 282 BC – 272 BC 1977.158.112

Silver Coin, Sidon, 217 BC – 204 BC 1967.152.651

Gold Coin, Alexandria, 219 BC – 217 BC 1974.26.3995

Silver Tetradrachm of Ptolemy V Epiphanes, Phoenice, 205 BC – 180 BC. 1967.152.655

Silver Drachm of Menander I of Bactria, Uncertain, 155 BC – 130 BC. 1944.100.74552

Silver Denarius of Augustus, Uncertain value, 28 BC 1944.100.39163