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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Lily Hahn

on 1 May 2015

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The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art
BY: Lily Hahn
The Silver Censer dates back to before 1477 and comes from Basel, Switzerland. Censers were swung throughout the church and the rising smoke is said to have symbolized the prayers of the faithful. This Silver Censer once belonged to the Basel Cathedral. I chose this because I thought the purpose of it throughout church was interesting.
Silver Censer
This piece of art depicts a couple reclining on a couch, with an attendant and bird. The Carved Amber Bow of a Fibula is the most complex carved amber surviving from ancient Italy. We know that the original object was a fibula because there are holes at the base that contain traces of an iron pin. Although numerous details are Etruscan, its not possible to identify where the artist came from and whether the figures are mortal or divine. I chose this piece of art because I found it interesting that something so detailed could be made from a fibula.
Carved Amber Bow of a Fibula
Fragment of the UR-Namma Stele
Pair of Sandals

Lid of the Sarcophagus of Wereshnefer
Lid of the Sarcophagus of Wereshnefer
Pair of Sandals
Fragment of the Ur-Namma Stele
Silver Censer
Carved Amber Bow of a Fibula
The Fragment of the Ur-Namma Stele is composed of pink-buff limestone and was found in Mesopotamia, Ur. This fragment is the only surviving monumental work of art dating back to the Ur lll period. Depicted on this piece of art is a seated god holding a short staff and coil. The god proffers them toward the king as he pours a libation. I chose this because of the abundant amount of detail given in the carving on the stele.
These sandals are made of plaited grass and reeds, with the toe and side pieces of split papyrus. Theodore M. Davis found these in a tomb located in the Valley of the Kings. Along with finding the sandals, Theodore found many other objects in the tomb and he was able to keep a portion of the objects. I chose these sandals because I find it interesting to compare these to the sandals we wear now a days.

Wereshnefer was a priests of the goddesses Mut, Nephthys, Sekhmet, Neith, and Satis. The lid of Wereshnefer's sarcophagus is decorated with scenes and texts relating to the sun's rebirth and journey through the day sky. Depicted at its foot is the boat that carries the sun through the night and meets the day boat resulting in the newborn sun. The scene at the rounded end shows the day boat floating on the waters of the sky, with the sun elevated by the atmospere god, Shu. The Litany of Re is inscribed on the sides. This sarcophagus came from the Early Ptolemaic Period. I chose this because of the great detail inscribed on the whole sarcophagus.
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