The Hunt Museum

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Exhibiting one of Ireland's greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century

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Object of The Month
Late Renaissance Jug –
Late Renaissance Jug – Late 16th / early 17th century As chosen by Gillian O’Reilly, Docent at The Hunt Museum


The Hunt Museum houses a diverse collection of antiquities and fine and decorative art. It reflects the tasted and interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt.

There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. There is also an important collection of Irish archaeological material ranging from Neolithic flints and Bronze Age material, including a Bronze Age shield and cauldron, to later Christian objects such as the unique 9th century Antrim Cross. One of the strengths of the collection is the medieval material, which include statues in stone and wood, painted panels, jewellery, enamels, ivories, ceramics, crystal and crucifixes. 18th and 19th century decorative arts are also represented with fine examples of silver, glass and ceramics. Artists' works in the collection include Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Roderic O’Conor, Jack B. Yeats, Robert Fagan and Henry Moore.

The complete collection, as managed by The Hunt Museum, is now available online. Search the collection by specific title, artist/creator/designer or keyword search.

The archival description list of The Hunt Museum archives is now also available online. Browse the archival list here.

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