Jalis pair Mughal Era (1526 - 1858), later 16th century, India Red sandstone; pierced, carved Metropolitan Museum
This pair of jalis would have been part of a series of windows in an outside wall, as suggested by the weathering on one side. They are attributed to the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar (1550 - 1605) when red sandstone was the favored building material.
Jalis (pierced screens) were used extensively in Indian architecture as windows, room dividers, and railings. The movement of the sun would cast a moving silhouette across the floor, enhancing the pleasure of their intricate geometry.
Jalis, Mughal era
Vessel with fantastic leonine creature Gold Achaemenid era 5th century BC, Iran Metropolitan Museum
This gold vessel probably belonged to an Achaemenid king. Typical of Achaemenid style, the snarling beast’s ferocity is tempered by decorations: it has a crest down its back, and a bird’s plume, indicating it is some sort of mythical lion-like winged creature.
The skill in the vessel’s production is superb: several parts were invisibly joined by soldering; 136 feet of twisted wire decorate the upper band of the vessel in 44 even rows; and the roof of the creature’s mouth is raised in tiny ribs.
Winged creatures approach stylized trees, similar to contemporaneous Assyrian or Urartian designs. Assyrian palace reliefs show the king wearing a large necklet or pectoral on his garment. These plaques were perhaps worn the same way, by the perforations on their edges.
Container, diving figure Mexico; Maya 13th - 15th century Ceramic
Cylindrical vessel Mexico or Guatemala; Maya 6th - 9th century Ceramic Metropolitan
Vessel with mythological scene
Vessel with mythological scene Mexico or Guatemala; Maya 8th century Ceramic Metropolitan
Male pombia (poro figure) 19th century, wood Lataha village, Korhogo region Cote d’Ivoire Senufo people, Tyebara group Collected by Emil Storrer, 1953 Metropolitan Museum
Heavy weathering indicates this pombia was used for many generations. Emil Storrer gathered it and its female pairing (now in the Rietberg Museum) at Lataha in 1953, plus related works being discarded by northern Cote d’Ivoire communities. These items lost their desirability in light of the iconoclastic Massa movement.
Granary shutter and lock
Granary shutter and lock Mali, Dogon peoples 19th - 20th century Wood, Iron Metropolitan
Roman Hellenistic statue
Torso of a youth Marble, Roman (circa 118 – 161 CE) Hadrianic or early Antonine era
The statue is Hellenistic but not a true copy of a classical Greek statue. Its flat, softly rendered planes and polished surfaces are typical of Hadrianic and early Antonine statues. The torso's relative stiffness and lack of organic clarity are a Roman style.