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Expert Profile


Henry Colburn





Full or Part-time

Position Type:

Jersey City

New Jersey

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise



My expertise spans the entire realm of ancient art. My primary scholarly interest is in pre-Islamic Iran, and I have written a book about the art and archaeology of Egypt under Achaemenid Persian rule (ca. 526-404 BCE). My teaching and curatorial work, however, has included Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern art, as well as occasional forays into more recent material.


At the Metropolitan Museum of Art I worked on the reinstallation of the Ancient Near Eastern galleries. Our goal was to move away from an organizational scheme based on geography and chronology in favor of discreet object-based narratives that could engage the general public, whatever their interests. I developed several such narratives, and carried out collections research in support of them, especially on Iranian materials.


At the Harvard Art Museums I worked on the exhibition 'Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings,' including contributions to the companion volume.


Past positions:

2021: Lecturer in Classics, University of California, Riverside

2018-20: Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Near Eastern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

2017-18: Lecturer in Art History, University of Southern California

2017: Visiting Lecturer in Classics, University of California, Irvine

2015-16: Postdoctoral Fellow, Getty Research Institute

2014-15: Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Art, Harvard Art Museums



2014: PhD, Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan

2007: MA, Classics, University of Colorado

2005: MA (Hons), Classics, University of St. Andrews

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