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The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, named for its founder, William Rutherford Mead (an 1867 graduate of Amherst College and partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White responsible for building many neo-classical buildings in the American Northeast in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries), houses a small but select collection of American and European paintings and world art. Its collection of Greek and Roman artifacts includes several Roman terracotta lamps and Greek vases gifted to the Museum in 1942 by Charles H. Morgan, a Roman-Palmyrene bust, and a variety of objects of daily life (instrumentum domesticum). More recently the Museum has acquired a white marble sarcophagus of the Antonine period decorated with sea creatures framing an epitaph dedicated by a mother to two children who died at an early age. Known at Rome since the sixteenth century, when it stood in the Palazzo Colonna, the sarcophagus was acquired by purchase in the early years of the twentieth century by Princeton University and remained there in the Princeton Art Museum until 2012, when it was purchased by the Mead Art Museum and was transferred to Amherst.

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