Highlights from the Karam Collection

On view starting November 11, 2021

Bust of young man holding palm frond
Bust of young man holding palm frond, Stone sculpture, Roman Syria, ca. 2nd-3rd cent. CE. Karam Collection, USF Libraries’ Special Collections, 63

In 1998, Dr. Farid Karam and his wife Jehanne generously donated 149 archaeological artifacts to the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries’ Special Collections. For the first time since that donation, a selection of these ancient objects will be on view for the general public at the Tampa Museum of Art from November 11, 2021. In date, they range from the Bronze Age to the early Islamic period (ca. fifteenth-century BCE – thirteenth-century CE), and they originate from ancient Syria, Phoenicia, Egypt, Greece, and the Arab world. The metal, stone, glass, and ceramic artifacts include cosmetic and medical implements, utility vessels, and oil lamps, as well as sculptures and figurines.

Learn more about the Karam Collection at the USF Libraries.

Farid Karam (1929-2018) was born in a Greek Orthodox village in northern Lebanon. After specializing in plastic surgery in Cleveland, Ohio (1961), he taught medicine at the American University of Beirut Hospital. Due to the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), he moved to Bay Pines, Florida. In 1992, Dr. Karam was appointed Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the USF College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He returned to Lebanon in 1999 where he continued to practice facial plastic surgery. Mr. Karam was awarded the highest honor for lifetime achievements, the Bronze Wolf Medal, from the World Scout Foundation.