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The collection of marble Roman sculptures reflects the connoisseurship and generosity of one of the Museum's major donors, Wright S. Ludington. Surrounding a large-scale loutrophoros from 4th-century B.C. Greece, in the entrance court of the Museum, are the monumental Hermes and Dionysus formerly in the Lansdowne Collection, and other important Greco-Roman figural works.

Also on view in Thayer Gallery is a small and highly selective installation of Greek, Roman and Etruscan works, Art on the Human Scale, which highlights the importance of the human form as a theme in ancient art through a variety of media and scale. Included in this exhibition are Roman bronze statuettes of Hermes and a Flute Player based on Lysippan models, a Faiyum portrait, and a Roman sarcophagus on view for the first time at the Museum.

The exceptionally fine collection of antiquities at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, rich in works of outstanding importance, including the Sumerian Head of Gudea and Egyptian Kha'emwestet, Crown Prince Son of Ramses II relief, is rivaled in the western United States only by the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Selected Works from our Antiquities Collection:
*Not all works listed are currently on view
       
Head of Gudea, Sumerian; 21st c. BC; Basalt/diorite/dolerite;  7 1/2 x 7 x 7"; Gift of Wright S. Ludington; 1991.104
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Head of Gudea
Sumerian
21st c. BC
Basalt/diorite/dolerite
7 1/2 x 7 x 7"

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1991.104
Kha' emwestet, Crown Prince, Son of Ramses II; Egyptian; 19th dynasty (1350-1250 BC); Limestone; 26 3/4 x 23 3/4"; Gift of Wright S. Ludington; 1978.4.24
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Kha' emwestet, Crown Prince,
Son of Ramses II

Egyptian
19th dynasty
(1350-1250 BC)
Limestone
26 3/4 x 23 3/4"

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.24
       
Black-Figured Hydria, (water storage jar); Greek Attic; Attributed to Swing Painter; ca. 530 BC; Terra-cotta; 16 x 12 x 9 1/2"; Gift of Wright S. Ludington; 1955.3.4
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Black-Figured Hydria
(water storage jar)

Greek Attic
Attributed to Swing Painter
ca. 530 BC
Terra-cotta
16 x 12 x 9 1/2"

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1955.3.4
Tomb Painting, Greek, Southern Italy, 4th century BCE
Fresco on limestone

Gift of Sheri L. Kelts
1999.31
       
Grave Marker in the Form of a Loutrophoros, Greek, Attic, second half of 4th century BCE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1941.2.34
Portrait Head of a Bearded Man, Roman, mid 3rd century CE
Bronze

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1971.51.2
       
Peplophoros, Roman, 1st century BCE or 1st century CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.2
Apollo Kitharista, Roman, late 1st century BCE or early 1st century CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1971.51.1
       
Relief of Three Dancing Nymphs, Roman, Libya, 1st century CE
Marble

Gift of Frank Perls
1952.27
Head of a Man, Roman, 1st century CE
Marble

Bequest of Wright S. Ludington
1993.1.44
       
Athena , Roman, 1st century CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.3
Satyr and Nymph, Roman, 1st or 2nd c. CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.8
       
Dioscurus (Castor or Pollux), Roman, 1st or 2nd century CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.12
Apollo or Dionysos, Roman, 1st or 2nd century CE
Marble

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Dan Murphy Foundation in memory of Russel McKinnon, Count Daniel Donohue and Countess Bernadine Murphy Donohue
1971.69
       
Lansdowne Hermes, Roman, Hadrianic Period (117-138 CE); Marble; 86 1/4 x 40 x 13 3/8"; Gift of Wright S. Ludington; 1984.34.1
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Lansdowne Hermes
Roman
Hadrianic Period (117-138 CE)
Marble
86 1/4 x 40 x 13 3/8"

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1984.34.1
Lansdowne Dionysus, Roman, first half of 2nd century CE; Marble; SBMA, Museum purchase, Ludington Deaccessioning Fund; 2009.1.1
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Lansdowne Dionysus
Roman
First half of 2nd century CE
Marble

SBMA, Museum purchase, Ludington Deaccessioning Fund
2009.1.1
       
The Doryphoros, Roman, 2nd century CE after Polykleitos, ca. 460 BCE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1955.3.1
Herakles, Roman, first half of 2nd century CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.5
       
Satyr, Roman, France, 2nd century CE
Marble

Bequest of Wright S. Ludington
1993.1.89
Mithras Sacrificing The Bull (The Tauroctony), Roman, second half of 2nd century CE
Marble

Bequest of Suzette Morton Davidson
2002.31.1
       
Achilles and Troilos, Roman, late 2nd century CE
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1992.37.1a,b
Portrait Head of a Philosopher, Roman, early 3rd century CE
Marble

Gift of Miklos Rozsa
1995.26.21
       
Head of Alexander, Roman, first half of the 3rd century CE
Bronze

Bequest of Suzette Morton Davidson
2002.31.2
Column with Spiral Flutes, Roman or Post-Roman
Marble

Gift of Wright S. Ludington
1978.4.16
 
     
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