Poseidon and the Sea

Tampa Museum Director Todd Smith (left) and Chief Curator Seth Pevnick (right) examine part of the Poseidon exhibit — Photo: Tampa Museum of Art

Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha
February 8 to May 11, 2014

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
June 14 to November 30, 2014

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
January 17 to March 15, 2015

Featuring over 110 works from major public and private collections in the United States and Europe, Poseidon and the Sea examines not only the myth of Poseidon and his place among the gods but also a range of religious cults and the types of votive objects dedicated to this god and related divinities, as well as the myriad ways in which daily life in the ancient Mediterranean world was tied to the sea. Among the objects illustrating the latter are elaborately decorated fish plates (cover) that show the bounty of the sea.


Items on Loan

The ANS has a total of 18 objects on loan to this traveling exhibition. Highlights of the loan include:

Silver Tetradrachm of Antigonus III Doson, Macedon, 229 BC – 220 BC. 1966.75.26

Silver Coin, Uncertain value, 44 B.C. – 43 B.C. 1935.117.24

Silver Coin, Rome, 72 B.C. 1944.100.2049

Silver Tetradrachm of Antimachus I Theos of Bactria, Uncertain, 175 BC – 165 BC. 1954.11.1

Gold Aureus of Vespasian, Rome, AD 71. 1956.184.23

Silver Coin of Demetrius I Poliorcetes, 293 BC – 292 BC. 1960.176.6