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Image of 2002.7.1 - Unknown

2002.7.1 - Unknown

Double spouted vessel in the shape of a hawk on one side, hawk has a whistle in the back of its head, painted in yellow, black, white, and orange, from the Wari culture of Peru.

Image of 2002.7.44 -

2002.7.44 -

Moche ceramic frog/toad vessel in orange and tan, toad's body is half tan half orange and handle is orange, stirrup spout vessel used for drinking ceremonial chicha or corn beer, the toad was a shamanistic device to accompany the user into a trance or psychic flight. The ceramic Vessel in the form of a frog or toad seen here is part of a long-standing Moche tradition of portrait-like ceramic vessels that included both animals and human heads. While it is easy to be charmed by these works on an aesthetic level, it is important to remember that it is likely that they were functioning simultaneously on a symbolic plane in what Rebecca Stone-Miller has described as an emphasis on verity over

Image of 2003.4.45 -

2003.4.45 -

This pouring vessel has a long neck and a thin handle with a separate spout attached to the top of the handle. The vessel is green from oxidation.

Image of 2011.81.16 -

2011.81.16 -

Nazca ceramic vessel in the shape of a human head with modelled nose, painted eyes, mouth, moustache, hair, and eyebrows. Decorations in red under eyes and multicolor stripes on upper part of vessel. Trophy head jars like this were used in ceremonially and in burial sites to serve as a substitute for a decapitated head.

Image of 57.20 -

57.20 -

This simple but beautiful small porcelain bowl dates to the Song dynasty. Its green celadon glaze, first invented in Korea, varies between dark and translucent light green. Such a bowl was either a collector's item or used as everyday ware. Reference: Winter, Amy H., with Xiaoping Lin (eds.), "The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections," Queens College, CUNY, 2003.

Image of 57.21 -

57.21 -

This porcelain vase, from the Song dynasty, 960-1279 AD, has an applied lotus design below the shoulder of the body. A simpler open lotus design, lightly etched into the clay, runs around the base of the vase. Such a piece could have been a collector's item, used as everyday ware, or even figured in rituals by virtue of its lotus decoration. Lotus flowers are important symbols in the Buddhist religion and often decorate ritual objects. Reference: Winter, Amy H., with Xiaoping Lin (eds.), "The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections," Queens College, CUNY, 2003.

Image of 67.13 -

67.13 -

This translucent pale green bottle has a broad cylindrical body with the base indented for stability, and long cylindrical neck widening into a funnel at the top. Three thick threads coil around the neck funnel. The vessel is freeblown green glass; there are areas of sandy crust, and a silvery multicolor iridescence.

Image of 67.28 -

67.28 -

Translucent blue-green double unguentarium, a small vessel that holds oils or other cosmetic liquids, with a thick thread zig-zagged from rim to neck, and thinner threads spiraling down the body. This free blown unguentarium is in the form of two joined tubes with a rounded base.

Image of 67.88 -

67.88 -

This bottle is made of clear freeblown glass and has accumulated encrustation and iridescence. Transparent and colorless, the bottle has a flared rim, narrow neck widening into a bulbous body, and ring base with an indentation in its center. Three threads are trailed around the middle of the neck at the narrowest point.

Image of 88.1.11 -

88.1.11 -

Terracotta bowl with painted fish motif on interior.

Image of 88.1.12 -

88.1.12 -

Cylindrical hammered bronze ewer with sharp shoulders, rounded meeting point with body; cylindrical neck with high channel spout; neck and shoulder are decorated with incised inscription and geometric motifs, the handle curves from the rim to the body of the vessel where it ends in a leaf form.

Image of 93.8.4 - N/A

93.8.4 - N/A

Protome fragment in the form of the front part of an animal, possibly feline, attached to an openwork tube; originally part of a vessel, probably an incense holder.

Image of 93.8.5 -

93.8.5 -

This round shallow dish (possibly an incense burner) is supported by three legs in the form of feline heads and forelegs. Only one of the supports here is actually associated with this vessel; the other two come from another vessel of the same type. Geometric motifs and inscriptions adorn the interior and exterior of the dish, as well as the flat rim. Animal forms are frequently incorporated into Islamic art.