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Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection

A guide to the Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection at the USF Tampa Library.

About the Collection

Alabastron R30-00070

The Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection consists of 149 objects, including jars, goblets, bottles, oil lamps, unguentariums, and busts/figures. Most of the items came from Roman Syria, a wealthy province on the Eastern Mediterranean, and date from the 1st through the 4th centuries AD.

This collection guide presents a selection of the antiquity objects in three dimensional animation. The objects are presented in four artifact groups: Glass, Clay, Stone and Metal. Each object's page contains an animation, descriptive data, and historical information that offers a glimpse of how objects like these were made and/or used, terms about the materials and processes, information about preservation and conservation, a general sense of lifestyle for that era, and links to related resources. The descriptive data and curator's notes, provided by the collection's original curator, Claudia J. Dold, Assistant Librarian at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library, are valuable contributions to the content of this site.

In addition, 140 items in the collection have been digitally photographed and the digital images are available for viewing online. Terms of Use: free, unlimited access.

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This guide also contains a glossary, bibliography, and other resources for further study including: timelines, maps, and links to related USF databases. The animated items presented here were selected from 149 items in the physical collection, which can be viewed and studied in the USF Tampa Special Collections Reading Room. This site serves all communities, including, but not limited to: historians, archaeologists, art history students, faculty, researchers, librarians, gallery owners, and curators. The goal of the site is to provide virtual access to the collection and to contextualize the collection through the inclusion of related research materials.

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