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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

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Portrait Bust of a Woman, Mid–2nd century AD. Rome.

The Art Institute’s department of Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium (AAMB) showcases the early development of Western art from the dawn of the third millennium BCE to the time of the Byzantine Empire. It includes examples of sculpture in stone, clay, and bronze, as well as coins, glass, jewelry, vases, and mosaics of outstanding quality and interest. There are some 2,300 works of ancient Mediterranean art in the department’s holdings.

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