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07 May 2010 @ 04:22 pm
NYC - Best of the Met  
Thursday evening, all day Friday and some of Saturday was spent at The Met.



We'll start it off right with The Met's one Pictish piece, and then proceed more or less chronologically.

Brooch - silver and amber. Pictish. 800. Met
Brooch - silver and amber. Pictish. 800.

Bronze age artifacts, including some truly massive brooches
Bronze age artifacts, including some truly massive brooches

Byzantine shawl. Wool and linen. 200-600AD.Gamma shaped band. Byzantine. Silk and linen. 500-700. Met
Left: Byzantine shawl. Wool and linen. 200-600AD. Right: Gamma shaped band. Byzantine. Silk and linen. 500-700.

Bird brooches. Ostrogothic. 500. Met
Bird brooches. Ostrogothic. 500.

Marble Griffin. Byzantine. 1300. Met
Marble Griffin. Byzantine. 1300.

Book of Hours. French. 1350. Met
Book of Hours. French. 1350.

The Annunciation. Syria. 1390. Met
The Annunciation. Syria. 1390.

St Margaret of Antioch. French. 1475. Met
St Margaret of Antioch. French. 1475.

Glass beaker with interior spikes. Stangenglas. German. 1500. MetGlass beaker with interior spikes. Stangenglas. German. 1500. 2 Met
Glass beaker with interior spikes. Stangenglas. German. 1500.

Portrait of a Young Man. Bronzino. 1530. Met
Portrait of a Young Man. Bronzino. 1530.

St Catherine of Alexandria. French c1500. Limestone. Met.
St Catherine of Alexandria. French c1500. Limestone.

Siren. Italian. Bronze. 1570. Met
Siren. Italian. Bronze. 1570.

Sweet bag. English. early 17th c. silk on linen. Met
Sweet bag. English. early 17th c. silk on linen.

Gilded watch. England. c1600. Met
Gilded watch. England. c1600.

Study of a young woman. Vermeer. Met
Study of a young woman. Vermeer. 1665-1674

Graziella. Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Met
Graziella. Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. 1879.

Big Bambu - the sculpture on the top of the Met
Big Bambu - the sculpture on the top of the Met for the summer/fall of 2010

I think part of the reason I am such an avid museum-goer is that the beauty and the quiet induce a joyful stillness in me, one I rarely otherwise experience.
 
 
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Amanda Marksdottir: Manuscriptragnvaeig on May 7th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
That is a totally crazy-looking beaker.

Obviously made by someone who wouldn't have to clean it!
eithni: peekabooeithni on May 7th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
*laughs*

You know, I had not thought of that... I had just been thinking that it was so cool I would be tempted to have a replica made except that it would be a bugger to get ice in it! ;P Period or not, I need ice in my rum & coke!
DameJdamej on May 8th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
You'd have to go with crushed ice.
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eithni: WTFeithni on May 17th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
The comment card did say something about how they don't really know how they were worn but, according to examples of early sculpture, they think the antennae went downward at the back of the head (by the neck).
(Anonymous) on May 10th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh...I want Ostrogothic bird brooches!!

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