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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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Shellshocked by
Yassana Croizat-Glazer
, curator

Bernard Palissy (French): Pilgrim Flask

It reminds me of extraordinary vacations spent by the seashore.
#89
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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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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Morning Catch by
Jeff Munger
, curator

Covered Broth Bowl and Stand (écuelle ronde et plateau rond)

It’s so exaggerated by current standards of taste that I think it’s very hard for us to appreciate today for what it is.
#38
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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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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Close-Ups
Enigma by
Janice Kamrin
, curator

Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman's Head [Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb KV 55, Davis/Ayrton 1907]

It seems to me that aesthetically this goes well beyond meeting the need of surviving into the afterlife.
#14
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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