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Virtual Tour of Benaki Museum from Benaki
The Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization, founded by Anthony Benakis and donated to the Greek state in 1931, is the oldest of the five active museums of the Benaki Museum organization. Its mission is to present, through its collections, Greek art and material culture in a geographical and evolutionary context, from prehistoric times to the present day. Unique examples of ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry are included in its collections from the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. The transition from the ancient to the Byzantine world is illustrated by a collection of textiles, oil lamps, clay figurines and bone carvings from Alexandria, and a rare group of Coptic works of art. Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, church embroidery, and metalwork demonstrate the influence of Christianity on the art of the time. Costumes, jewelry, embroidery, ceramics, wood carvings, paintings, and metalwork complete the presentation of Greek art from the four post-Byzantine centuries. Because of its collections, the Benaki Museum cannot be classified only as a museum of decorative arts, an art museum, or a historical museum; rather, it is a museum of Greek civilization in all its manifestations.

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