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Use the accession number to go to the MetMuseum’s on-line catalogue entry for specific work(s) of art. 

The Format for the paper: 
The paper should be 3-4 pages long.  Put your name in the Header, along with the page numbers.  The body of the paper should have one inch margins all around.  It should be typed in 12 font; and double-spaced.  If you are using MLA format in this paper, put your “Works Cited” section, with full bibliography for any sources you used in writing this paper at the end of the paper; cite your sources (if you quote from a book, or borrow the author’s ideas or interpretations) in the text of your paper.  The in-text citations cite the author and page number, like this: (Rosenwein 30).  A “Works Cited” section at the end of the paper is still necessary to provide full information about the sources cited in your paper’s text.  If you prefer, as an alternative, you can use Chicago style—the style preferred by historians—to indicate your sources.  If you use Chicago style, put your references in end notes at the end of the paper.

Always include the accession number!

The paper should identify of the work(s) of art your paper is discussing.  Include its title; the artist(s), if known; where it was made and when; and for whom, if known; the medium.  Refer to the plentiful information about the art work(s) your paper is discussing in the Metropolitan Museum’s on-line catalogue.  You must cite the sources you used to write the paper! 
Describe the work of art you have chosen in as much detail as possible.   Your own observations and impressions are valuable.  Feel free to express your reactions and opinions.   
 Connect the object(s) you have chosen with some aspect of history we have studied in the class: a ruler, a cultural development, a religious practice, etc. etc. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum PaperMuseum Paper:
Choose one or more items from the following list.  If you decide to write on several items, they should be related to each other in some way.  You will need to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to complete this assignment.  Pay what you can afford as a voluntary contribution to enter the Museum.  Include proof that you went to the Museum: a “selfie” in the gallery; an admission sticker.

SASSANID ART: 

Head of a king
Period: Sasanian
Date: ca. 4th century
Geography: Iran
Culture: Sasanian
Medium: Silver, mercury gilding
Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 9 x 7 7/8 in. (40 x 22.9 x 20 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Sculpture
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1965
Accession Number: 65.126
On view in Gallery 405

Plate: the king Yazdgard I, slaying a stag
Period: Sasanian
Date: ca. A.D. 399–420
Geography: Iran
Culture: Sasanian
Medium: Silver, mercury gilding
Dimensions: Plate: Diam. 23.3-23.4 H. 3.3 Thickness at rim: 0.24-0.29 Foot: Diam. 7.6-7.7 H. 1.1 Thickness: 0.22-0.26 Weight: 713 gm
Classification: Metalwork-Vessels-Inscribed
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1970
Accession Number: 1970.6
On view in Gallery 405

Plate with king hunting rams
Period: Sasanian
Date: ca. A.D. mid-5th–mid-6th century
Geography: Iran, said to be from Qazvin
Culture: Sasanian
Medium: Silver, mercury gilding, niello inlay
Dimensions: H. 1 7/8 in. (4.6 cm), Diam. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Vessels
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1934
Accession Number: 34.33
On view in Gallery 405

LATE ROMAN ART

Marble sarcophagus with the Triumph of Dionysos and the Seasons
Period: Late Imperial, Gallienic
Date: ca. A.D. 260–270
Culture: Roman
Medium: Marble
Dimensions: Overall: 34 x 85 x 36 1/4 in. (86.4 x 215.9 x 92.1 cm)
Classification: Stone-Architectural-Inscribed
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1955
Accession Number: 55.11.5
On view in Gallery 162

BYZANTINE ART

Jaharis Byzantine Lectionary
Date: ca. 1100
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment; leather binding
Dimensions: Overall: 14 1/2 x 11 5/8 x 4 7/8 in. (36.8 x 29.6 x 12.4 cm) folio: 13 3/4 x 10 5/16 in. (35 x 26.2 cm)
Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line: Purchase, Mary and Michael Jaharis Gift and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2007
Accession Number: 2007.286
On view in Gallery 303

THE DAVID PLATES  (all in one case in gallery 301)

Plate with the Arming of David
Date: 629–630
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 1 9/16 in., 49.3oz. (26.6 x 4 cm, 1397g) foot: 4 9/16 x 9/16 in. (11.6 x 1.4 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.399
On view in Gallery 301

Plate with the Presentation of David to Saul
Date: 629–630
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 10 11/16 x 1 9/16 in., 49.3oz. (27.2 x 4 cm, 1397g) foot: 4 5/8 x 9/16 in. (11.8 x 1.4 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.397
On view in Gallery 301

Plate with David Anointed by Samuel
Date: 629–630
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 1 1/2 in., 47.1oz. (26.6 x 3.8 cm, 1334g) foot: 4 13/16 x 1/2 in. (12.2 x 1.3 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.398
On view in Gallery 301

Plate with David Slaying a Lion
Date: 629–630
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/2 x 15/16 in., 13.7oz. (13.9 x 2.4 cm, 389g) foot: 2 9/16 x 3/8 in. (6.5 x 0.9 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.394
On view in Gallery 301

Plate with David’s Confrontation with Eliab
Date: 629–630
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/2 x 7/8 in., 13.4oz. (14 x 2.3 cm, 380g) foot: 2 1/2 x 5/16 in. (6.4 x 0.8 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.395
On view in Gallery 301

Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath
Date: 629–30
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 19 7/16 x 2 5/8 in., 203.9oz. (49.4 x 6.6 cm, 5780g) foot: 8 1/8 x 3/4 in. (20.6 x 1.9 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.396
On view in Gallery 301

Icon with the Crucifixion
Date: mid-10th century
Geography: Made in probably Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 5 15/16 x 3 1/2 x 5/16 in. (15.1 x 8.9 x 0.8 cm)
Classification: Ivories
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.44
On view in Gallery 303

Marble Portrait Bust of a Woman with a Scroll
Date: late 4th–early 5th century
Geography: Made in Constantinople
Culture: Byzantine
Medium: Pentelic Marble
Dimensions: Overall: 20 7/8 x 10 13/16 x 8 3/4 in. (53 x 27.5 x 22.2 cm) Base: 1 7/8 x 12 1/2 x 6 3/4in. (4.8 x 31.8 x 17.1cm)
Classification: Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1966
Accession Number: 66.25
On view in Gallery 301

Crossbow Brooch
Date: ca. 430
Geography: Made in Rome/Constantinople
Culture: Late Roman or Byzantine
Medium: Gold
Dimensions: Overall: 4 11/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 9/16 in. (11.9 x 5.5 x 4 cm)
Classification: Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995
Accession Number: 1995.97
On view in Gallery 301

ISLAMIC ART

Bifolium from a Qur’an
Object Name: Bifolio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date: late 9th–10th century
Geography: Central Islamic Lands or North Africa
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Dimensions: 9 1/8 x 25 5/16 in. (23.2 x 64.3 cm) Each Page: 9 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (23.2 x 32.1 cm)
Classification: Codices
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2004
Accession Number: 2004.268
Gallery 451

Armlet
Date: first half 11th century
Geography: Iran, Gurgan
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Gold; filigree and granulation
Dimensions: H. of clasp 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm), Max. Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Classification: Jewelry
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1957
Accession Number: 57.88a–c
Gallery 453

Woven Tapestry Fragment

Panel from a Cenotaph or Symbolic Coffin with Marquetry Decoration
Object Name: Panel
Date: second half 8th century
Geography: probably Egypt
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Wood (fig); mosaic with bone and four different types of wood
Dimensions: H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm) W. 76. 1/2 in. (194.3 cm) Mount: H. 24 1/2 in. W. 80 1/2 in. D. 6 in. Wt. 97 lbs. (44 kg) with mount and plexi
Classification: Wood
Credit Line: Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1937
Accession Number: 37.103
Gallery 451

Plate Depicting a Female Figure Riding a Fantastic Winged Beast
Date: probably 8th century
Medium: Silver; gilded, chased, and engraved, with applied elements
Accession Number: 63.186
On view in Gallery 451

Mosque Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aydakin al-‘Ala’i al-Bunduqdar
Object Name: Mosque lamp
Date: shortly after 1285
Geography: Egypt, probably Cairo
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Glass, brownish; blown, folded foot, applied handles; enameled and gilded
Dimensions: H. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm) Diam. of rim 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification: Glass
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.985
On view in Gallery 454

EARLY MEDIEVAL ART (EUROPE)

Plaque with Saint John the Evangelist
Date: early 9th century
Geography: Made in Aachen, Germany
Culture: Carolingian
Medium: Elephant ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 7 3/16 x 3 11/16 x 1/4 in. (18.3 x 9.4 x 0.7 cm)
Classification: Ivories
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1977
Accession Number: 1977.421
On view in Gallery 014

Plaque with the Virgin Mary as a Personification of the Church
Date: ca. 800–825 Medium: Ivory Accession Number: 17.190.49 On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

Sword
10th century
Culture: European, probably Scandinavia
Medium: Steel, copper, silver, niello Dimensions: L. 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm); L. of blade 31 7/8 in. (81 cm); W. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 4 oz. (1021 g) Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1955 Accession Number: 55.46.1

Plaque with Christ Receiving Magdeburg Cathedral from Emperor Otto I
Date: ca. 962–968
Geography: Made in Milan (?)
Culture: Ottonian
Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/8 x 4 7/16 x 5/16in. (13 x 11.3 x 0.8cm)
Classification: Ivories
Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number: 41.100.157
On view in Gallery 304

The Format for the paper: 
The paper should be 3 to 4 pages long.  Put your name in the Header, along with the page numbers.  The body of the paper should have one inch margins all around.  It should be typed in 12 font; and double-spaced.  If you are using MLA format in this paper, put your “Works Cited” section, with full bibliography for any sources you used in writing this paper at the end of the paper; cite your sources (if you quote from a book, or borrow the author’s ideas or interpretations) in the text of your paper [for example: Wickham 30].  A “Works Cited” section at the end of the paper is still necessary to provide full information about the sources cited in your paper’s text, even if you use only one source.  If you prefer, as an alternative, you can use Chicago style—the style preferred by historians—to indicate your sources.  If you use Chicago style, put your references in end notes at the end of the paper.

The paper should include the following: Always include the accession number!

An identification of this work of art: its title; the artist(s), if known; where it was made and when; and for whom, if known; the medium; the accession number.  Look at the plentiful information about this work of art available through the Metropolitan Museum’s on-line catalogue.  Use the accession number to go to the catalogue entry for specific works of art.  You must cite the sources you used to write the paper! 
Write a detailed description of the object(s) you have chosen.  Feel free to express your reactions and opinions. 
Try to connect the object(s) you have chosen with some aspect of history we have studied in the class: a ruler, a cultural development, a religious practice, etc. etc.  https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/477499 https://www.metmuseum.org/visit/updated-admissions-policy-faq https://www.metmuseum.org

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