Ancient Mediterranean

The ancient Mediterranean collection on view includes ceramic, metal, and stone objects that primarily represent Greek, Roman, and Etruscan cultures ranging from the 14th-century B.C.E. to the 11th-century C.E. Among the museum’s notable works is a pair of Roman sarcophagus panels depicting The Good Shepherd and the Greco-Roman Torso of Pan, both sculpted in marble.


Torso of Pan, first century B.C.E.–C.E. first century
18 1/2" x 15" x 8"
Gift of the Brooks League 89.42

Sarcophagus Panels with the Good Shepherd, first quarter, C.E. fourth century
34" x 15 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; Funds provided by the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. 97.31a-b

Italian (Roman)
Head of a Bull, C.E. third century
Mosaic in marble tesserae
20 1/4" x 24 1/4" x 1 1/2"
Director’s Council purchase; Funds provided by the Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Fund 99.3

The Patera Painer, Italian (Apulia)
Volute Krater, ca. 340-320 B.C.E.
Painted terra-cotta
23" x 13 1/2" x 11 1/8"
Gift of the Director’s Council 94.2