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Poetic License by
Martina Rugiadi
, curator

Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi (Iran): Wine Cup

It’s actually a celebration of the exalted status of being drunk.
#94
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Celestial by
Clare Vincent
, curator

Gerhard Emmoser (Austrian): Celestial globe with clockwork

As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with the best.
#92
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Predator by
Fiona Kidd
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Clasp with an eagle and its prey [Parthian]

So rarely do we get a real snapshot of an individual.
#90
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Close-Ups
Nosing Around by
Julie Jones
, curator

Nose Ornament with Spiders [Peru; Salinar (?)]

It’s a form of mask, a form of changed personality.
#88
Photography by
Katherine Dahab
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Freeze Frame by
Thayer Tolles
, curator

Frederic Remington (American): The Old Dragoons of 1850

Remington’s mythic vision has become our vision.
#98
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Head of Class by
Stuart Pyhrr
, curator

Filippo Negroli (Italian): Burgonet

You have a sense of an independent sculpture.
#80
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Identity by
Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide
, curator

Jean-François Oeben (French): Mechanical Table

This furniture allowed you to move in certain ways that might be seductive.
#78
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Predestined by
Barbara Drake Boehm
, curator

Plaque with Censing Angels [French]

We’re seeing in the angels what we see in one another when we’re in difficult times.
#77
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Magical by
Adela Oppenheim
, curator

Pectoral and Necklace of Sithathoryunet with the Name of Senwosret II [Egypt}

You have to imagine that nobody really saw this except the princess.
#67
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Paris - New York by
Peter Kenny
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Charles-Honoré Lannuier (American): Card table

It wasn’t for poker at night with the boys.
#69
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Blazing Saddle by
Donald La Rocca
, curator

Saddle (gser sga) [Tibetan, Derge]

This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years.
#66
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Curls by
Wolfram Koeppe
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Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729) [Russian, Saint Petersburg]

It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it.
#60
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Fashion Plate by
Pierre Terjanian
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Kolman Helmschmid (German): Portions of a costume armor

I look at armor as hollow, moving sculptures.
#49
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Ephemeral by
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
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Louis Comfort Tiffany (American): Hair Ornament

I think he looked at this with special eyes and those eyes help transform the way we look at nature.
#47
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Motion by
Marla Prather
, curator

Alexander Calder (American): Mobile

I think the mobiles help to slow us down.
#45
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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Paradox by
Maryam Ekhtiar
, curator

Goa Stone and Gold Case [India, Goa]

Works of art aren’t what they seem always.
#48
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Gratitude by
J. Kenneth Moore
, curator

Goto Teijo (Japanese): Koto

This object has art, it has music, it’s got myth, but behind all that there’s a very human story.
#46
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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On Site
Cinematic by
Helen Evans
, curator

Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath [Byzantine]

One doesn’t tend to think of silver plates as being quite as emotionally involving.
#35
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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In Conversation by
Ellenor Alcorn
, curator

Ewer [English, London and Chinese]

The whole world is encapsulated in one piece.
#34
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Juxtapositons
Over the Top by
Beth Carver Wees
, curator

Designed by Paulding Farnham (American); Manufactured by Tiffany & Co.: The Adams Vase

It’s not something for everyone, but in terms of its moment it’s a star.
#23
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Cracking the Code by
Dirk Breiding
, curator

Attributed to Heinrich Heid von Winterthur (German/Swiss): Crossbow of Ulrich V of Württemberg

Art history is very much like detective work, and if you’re lucky there’s even a mystery to be solved.
#24
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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On Site
Enamored by
Seán Hemingway
, curator

Bronze statue of Eros sleeping [Greek or Roman]

It’s so quiet that you don’t think of it as so radical, but actually it’s very rare and unusual to show a god sleeping.
#15
Photography by
Juan Trujillo
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Fine Dining by
Chris Lightfoot
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Silver spoon and fork [Roman]

It’s the smaller objects that really speak to you directly as an individual, as a person.
#7
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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Pensive by
Soyoung Lee
, curator

Pensive Bodhisattva [Korea]

It is a figure that is contemplating and invites me to come and think with it.
#8
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Extreme Fashion by
Andrew Bolton
, curator

Alexander McQueen (British): No. 13 [Collection]

When I first watched it, it was purely visceral, and made me question the requisites of clothing.
#11
Photography by
Oi-Cheong Lee
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Prime of Life by
Alisa LaGamma
, curator

Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary [Fang peoples; Gabon or Equatorial Guinea]

She’s completely at ease and staring down any kind of gaze.
#4
Photography by
Anna-Marie Kellen
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