Here are a few recommendations for beginning your journey through the Permanent Collection. Browse by artist name, media, country of origin, and other terms through the links provided to the left, or browse by collection based on the descriptions below. Objects are added and records updated continually.
Ancient and Classical Art
Many of the first objects to enter the Museum's collection were Egyptian antiquities, including pottery from the Pre-Dynastic to the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty, and a table of offering from the First Intermediate Period. Highlights include a recently acquired sarcophagus
from the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty. The collection also contains classical pottery, such as a Greek Apulian amphora
from the fourth century BCE, and a later Greco-Roman sarcophagus
from the Constantinian period.
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The Asian collection contains Hindu and Buddhist sculptures from South and Southeast Asia, while works from the Far East include primarily secular paintings, ceramics, textiles, and decorative objects. Highlights of this collection include sculptures from the Chinese Ming dynasty, an Ayutthaya period Walking Buddha
from Thailand, and a twentieth century Shiko Munakata
Japanese woodblock print.
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African, Oceanic and New World Art
The collection of African art includes more than 2,000 objects from many cultures. The UMFA's holdings also include American Indian objects such as Navajo weavings, Pueblo pottery, and Northwest Coast masks, like a Raven Mask
from the Kwakiutl tribe of British Columbia. Pre-Columbian highlights of the collection include Mayan terracotta funerary figures from the island of Jaina. The core of the Oceanic collection comes from the Asmat people of New Guinea.
Browse African Art
, Oceanic Art
, American Indian Art
, and Pre-Columbian Art
The Museum's photography collection ranges in materials and techniques, spanning the entire history of the medium. Highlights include salt paper prints from the mid-nineteenth century, early twentieth century albumen prints, and modern works by Ansel Adams
, Edward Weston
, Jerry Uelsmann
, and more.