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Seals (3) from net

Seals (3) from net

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Priests' houses, near, Roman burial XXI, MMA excavations, 1923–24 Roman Period

Seals (3) from net

Seals (3) from net

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Priests' houses, near, Roman burial XXI, MMA excavations, 1923–24 Roman Period

Seals (3) from net

Seals (3) from net

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Priests' houses, near, Roman burial XXI, MMA excavations, 1923–24 Roman Period

String of Beads

String of Beads

Made in Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt

Equal-Arm Brooch

Equal-Arm Brooch

Made in Northern France (?)

Buddha Vairocana (Dari)

Buddha Vairocana (Dari)

The teaching gesture made by this figure, in which the thumb of the right hand touches the little finger of the left, identifies him as Vairocana, a transcendent manifestation of the historical Buddha Shakyamun... more

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

This bodhisattva can be identified as Avalokiteshvara by the small sculpture of a Buddha on his headdress and by the vessel he holds in his right hand. The shape of this vessel, particularly its bird’s-head top... more

Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva

Excavations in the southeast province of Zhejiang have uncovered numerous sculptures with complicated, multitiered stands, made when the region was under the control of the independent Wuyue kingdom (ruled by t... more

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with One Thousand Hands and One Thousand Eyes (Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin)

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with One Thousand Hands and One Thousand E...

Although painted depictions of this powerful form of Avalokiteshvara often detail the bodhisattva’s one thousand hands, sculptures such as this frequently follow a convention in which only twenty-two hands are ... more

Guardian Protector of the East (Dongfang chiguo tianwang)

Guardian Protector of the East (Dongfang chiguo tianwang)

Guardians, particularly the four associated with the cardinal directions, play an important role in Buddhism and are most frequently shown within larger groupings of divinities. Here, the Guardian Protector of ... more

Buddha Vairocana (Dari)

Buddha Vairocana (Dari)

This Buddha holds his hands in a “wisdom fist,” a gesture in which the left hand grasps the index finger of the right hand. This identifies him as Vairocana, one of the many celestial, or transcendent, Buddhas... more

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

The slim, straight proportions and distinctive facial features of this figure are typical of the art of the Dali kingdom, based in the southwest province of Yunnan. Sculptures such as this, which represent a st... more

Pilgrim's Badge

Pilgrim's Badge

Made in Italy?

Pilgrim's Badge

Pilgrim's Badge

Made in Italy?

Shaped Tiles in the 'Cuerda Seca' Technique

Shaped Tiles in the 'Cuerda Seca' Technique

A brilliant but short‑lived episode in the history of Anatolian ceramic production was the appearance of tiles decorated in the so‑called cuerda seca ("dry cord") technique. In the cuerda seca process, thin ban... more

Pilgrim's Badge

Pilgrim's Badge

Made in Italy?

Pilgrim's Badge

Pilgrim's Badge

Made in Italy?

Crozier
Portrait medal of Giovanni Giovano Pontano

Portrait medal of Giovanni Giovano Pontano

Giovanni Gioviano Pontano was a humanist and prolific writer in Latin. He was also an educator at the royal house of Aragon in Naples, where he served as tutor to Ferdinand II and secretary to his mother, Ippol... more

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Tile

Tile

This tile matches a border frieze adorning the portal of the tomb of Sultan Mehmed I (r. 1403–21) in Bursa, where monuments were badly damaged in an 1855 earthquake. It has a deeply carved pattern of lattices f... more

Daoist Immortal Laozi

Daoist Immortal Laozi

The full beard helps to identify this figure as Laozi (also known as the Celestial Worthy of the Way and Its Virtue), the author of the seminal Daoist text the Daodejing (The Way and Its Power). Daoism, a term ... more

Medal

Medal

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings and several paintings. He was also the inventor of the commemorati... more

Medal:  Niccolo Piccinino

Medal: Niccolo Piccinino

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings, several paintings, and the devopment of the Renaissance portrait ... more

Twelve-Pointed Star-Shaped Tile

Twelve-Pointed Star-Shaped Tile

This star‑shaped tile with interlaced design once graced the walls of the west iwan (vault) of the Madrasa al‑Ghiyathiyya, a religious school completed in 846/1442–43 in the city of Khargird in northeastern Ira... more

Medal:  Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga

Medal: Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings, several paintings, and the devopment of the Renaissance portrait ... more

Portrait medal of Vittorino Rambaldoni da Feltre (obverse); A Pelican (reverse)

Portrait medal of Vittorino Rambaldoni da Feltre (obverse); A Pelican ...

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings and several paintings. He was also the inventor of the commemorati... more

Portrait medal of Cecilia Gonzaga (obverse); Innocence and a Unicorn in a Moonlit Landscape (reverse)

Portrait medal of Cecilia Gonzaga (obverse); Innocence and a Unicorn i...

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings and several paintings. He was also the inventor of the commemorati... more

Portrait medal of Don Inigo d'Avalos (obverse); Sphere Representing Earth, Sea, and Sky (reverse)

Portrait medal of Don Inigo d'Avalos (obverse); Sphere Representing Ea...

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings and several paintings. He was also the inventor of the commemorati... more

Medal:  Benedetto de Pasti

Medal: Benedetto de Pasti

Matteo de' Pasti was an Italian medallist, architect, painter, and illuminator. The obverse presents a portrait of Benedetto de’ Pasti,canon of Verona and brother of the medalist, and the reverse shows an arche... more

Medal:  Sixtus IV

Medal: Sixtus IV

The obverse depicts Pope Sixtus IV (Francesco d’Albescoladella Rovere, 1414 – 1484; r. 1471 – 84), and the reverseshows the seated Sixtus IV being crowned by SaintFrancis and Saint Anthony of Padua. The medal w... more

Medal:  Presciano de Ferrara

Medal: Presciano de Ferrara

Sperandio di Bartolommeo Savelli was an Italian medallist, architect, sculptor, painter, bronze and cannon caster. He was the son of a Roman goldsmith, Bartolommeo di Sperandio Savelli. Sperandio is first menti... more

Hercules and Antaeus

Hercules and Antaeus

Hercules and Antaeus are shown between four broken all’antica pillars. This plaquette may have been part of the same series as the Mars and Victory plaquette in the Lehman Collection (1975.1.1345). A variant by... more

Polestar Deity Kui Xing

Polestar Deity Kui Xing

The Pole Star, a popular religious figure associated with the Lord of Literature (Wen Chang Dijun), was the tutelary spirit presiding over the civil-service examinations. Depicted as a demonic figure (the name... more

Reliquary beaker with wax cover

Reliquary beaker with wax cover

This was probably used to seal in a religious relic, now lost.

Portrait medal of an Unknown Lady (obverse); A Kneeling Man with a Basket of Fruit, Cupid, and the Caduceus of Mercury (reverse)

Portrait medal of an Unknown Lady (obverse); A Kneeling Man with a Bas...

This portrait is typical of Pomedelli’s unassuming yet direct and sensitive manner. The inscription on the obverse, "F· B· ET· LONGIVS· VIVAT· SERVATA· FIDE" ("F. B. and may she live longer having kept her fait... more

Portrait medal of Isotta degli Atti (obverse); An Elephant (reverse)

Portrait medal of Isotta degli Atti (obverse); An Elephant (reverse)

A beautiful merchant’s daughter, the thirteen-year-old Isotta degli Atti inspired the passion of Sigismondo Malatesta, the ruler of Rimini. The date 1446 commemorates the year Sigismondo consolidated his politi... more

Old Beggar Woman

Old Beggar Woman

The plaquette depicts an old beggar woman carrying a bundle on her head and a basket in her hand. The pose has been modeled after traditional representations of dovizia (wealth), as on a print with Abundance or... more

Portrait of a lady

Portrait of a lady

Possibly by Antonio Abondio (Italian, Trento 1538–1591 Vienna)

Portrait of a lady

Portrait of a lady

Possibly by Antonio Abondio (Italian, Trento 1538–1591 Vienna)

Portrait medal of Battista Vigo da Rapallo or Baptista Romanus (obverse); a Hand Holding a Branch and a Surgical Instrument

Portrait medal of Battista Vigo da Rapallo or Baptista Romanus (obvers...

Little can be said of this medal’s place of fabrication or of the sitter, although the inscription on the obverse (M. BABTISTA RO. CHIRVRGICVS) indicates that he was a surgeon (Chirurgicus). Gaetano Avignone, w... more

Medal:  Alfonso de Brandeligi Trotti

Medal: Alfonso de Brandeligi Trotti

On the obverse is a portrait of Alfonso de BrandeligiTrotti; the reverse is blank. Trotti was a composer froma distinguished Ferrarese family. In 1514 he sent a motet(“In Te Speravi”) to Pope Leo X. Trotti’s ep... more

Allegory of Triumph and Sacrifice

Allegory of Triumph and Sacrifice

The plaquette depicts an allegory of Triumph and Sacrifice, with a nude youth standing on a podium in the center, flanked by a winged Victory and two female attendants; to his right are two men slaying an ox. T... more

Medal:  Sultan Süleyman I

Medal: Sultan Süleyman I

The obverse presents a portrait of the Turkish Sultan Süleyman I, “the Magnificent” (1496–1566). The reverse has been turned down on the lathe, which is somewhat uncommon; the youthful appearance of the sultan ... more

Giacomo Negroboni (da Valtrompia) of Brescia (d. 1527)
Model for a Medal of Antonio de Ferraris (Il Galateo)

Model for a Medal of Antonio de Ferraris (Il Galateo)

This is a rare surviving wax-on-slate model for a cast medal Although the subject has generally been identified as Antonio de Ferraris, a famous physician and writer in Lecce, Italy. The portrait was probably d... more

Portrait medal of Isabella di Capua

Portrait medal of Isabella di Capua

Isabella di Capua was princess of Molfetta in southern Italy. In 1534 she married Ferrante Gonzaga, who served as a general to Emperor Charles V. This signed medal was probably commissioned by Ferrante during I... more

Portrait medal of Paolo Giovio (obverse); Giovio Raising a Man from a Grave (reverse)

Portrait medal of Paolo Giovio (obverse); Giovio Raising a Man from a ...

The medals' obverse portrays the writer, historian, and collector Paolo Giovio, known for the group of portraits of famous men that he assembled in his villa near Lake Como as well as his writing on contemporar... more

Assumption of the Virgin

Assumption of the Virgin

This plaquette depicting the Assumption of the Virgin is attributed to a follower of the sculptor and architect Jacopo Sansovino. A comparable plaquette was formerly in the Gutekunst collection in Stuttgart. Th... more

Sealing wax case

Sealing wax case

This sealing wax case would have been used to store sealing wax; the faceted end was then used to impress the melted wax with the owner’s cypher, in this case conjoined R’s. The foliate pattern with classicized... more

Andiron with the Figure of Jupiter

Andiron with the Figure of Jupiter

Model, workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636) (?), Venice

Reciting Poetry in a Garden

Reciting Poetry in a Garden

A lush landscape provides the setting for a picnic, complete with fruit and beverages in Chinese‑style blue-and-white vessels. Two men sit in conversation, one writing and holding a safina (an oblong format boo... more

Tile Panel

Tile Panel

Isfahan, the Safavid capital, and Na'in were the two main centers in which buildings were lavishly decorated with tilework. The old tile-making tradition of composing repetitive geometrical or vegetal patterns ... more

Square Tile Depicting Clouds

Square Tile Depicting Clouds

This square tile would have been originally part of a larger decorative scheme, and has been created using the cuerda seca decorative technique. Literally "dry cord" this process involved applying a wax border ... more

Tile

Tile

Attributed to Iran

Tile

Tile

This tile, depicting a male youth with delicate features, would originally have been part of a much larger panel, most likely depicting an outdoor banquet. The rendering of this figure is consistent with contem... more

Candlestick Supported by Putti

Candlestick Supported by Putti

This candlestick (part of a pair with 1975.1.1380) may have been used in an ecclesiastical setting. One of the roundels between their legs contains a cross, while another contains the figure of a saint. The att... more

Medal:  John VIII Palaeologus

Medal: John VIII Palaeologus

Active in Verona and the Italian courts, the celebrated master Pisanello left behind a significant legacy, including a large corpus of drawings, several paintings, and the devopment of the Renaissance portrait ... more

Buddhist Deity, Ushnishavijaya (Zun Sheng fo mu)

Buddhist Deity, Ushnishavijaya (Zun Sheng fo mu)

This eight-armed goddess can be identified by the implements she holds as Ushnishavijaya, one of several female deities who began to play a prominent role in Indian Buddhist practices during the seventh and eig... more

Guardian, probably a Lokapala (Tian wang)

Guardian, probably a Lokapala (Tian wang)

Guardians of various types play an important role in religious imagery, literature, and the performing and visual arts. This figure is most likely one of the four heavenly protectors of Buddhism who serve as gu... more

Armchair
Andiron with the Figure of Juno

Andiron with the Figure of Juno

Model, workshop of Niccolò Roccatagliata (Italian, born Genoa, active 1593–1636) (?), Venice

Candelabra Supported by Putti

Candelabra Supported by Putti

This candlestick (part of a pair with 1975.1.1381) may have been used in an ecclesiastical setting. One of the roundels between their legs contains a cross, while another contains the figure of a saint. The att... more

Pendant
Tile Fragment of a Garden Scene Panel

Tile Fragment of a Garden Scene Panel

This tile, painted and glazed in cuerda seca over white slip, was once an element of a larger garden scene panel. These panels were used to decorate secular buildings in Isfahan and elsewhere. The young man’s t... more

Pope Alexander VII (Fabio Chigi) b. 1599, Pope 1655–67

Pope Alexander VII (Fabio Chigi) b. 1599, Pope 1655–67

The artist carved medals and coins for the Pope from 1640 to 1665. Gasparo Morone (Italian, born Milan (?), died Rome, 1669)

Wax jack
Model for a portrait medal of Francesco Redi

Model for a portrait medal of Francesco Redi

This rare wax model conveys the extraordinary refinement of Soldani’s art. It illuminates the precision and clarity of the carved model from which copies in metal would have been cast. Working in hard beeswax c... more

Model for a medal of Francesco Redi; a Ship at Sea

Model for a medal of Francesco Redi; a Ship at Sea

This rare wax model conveys the extraordinary refinement of Soldani’s art. It illuminates the precision and clarity of the carved model from which copies in metal would have been cast. Working in hard beeswax c... more

Commemorating the two Jesuit Saints: Ignatius Loyola (Founder), and Francis Xavier (1506–1552) (greatest missionary)

Commemorating the two Jesuit Saints: Ignatius Loyola (Founder), and Fr...

This wax medallion was possibly intended as a model for a metal one, and was painted only after being rejected for this purpose—the coloring is not in accordance with the rules of ecclesiastical iconography.

David Garrick (1717–1779)

David Garrick (1717–1779)

After a model for a Wedgwood medallion. After a model by James Tassie (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1735–1799 London)

Hanging

Hanging

Attributed to Iran

Panel
Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady

Samuel Percy (Irish, 1750–1820, active England 1772)

Frieze