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  • Aileen Chuk
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  • [Expanding Circular Waves]  |  1950s  |  Berenice Abbott (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Ronald A. Kurtz, 1987 (1987.1184.46)  |  © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.
    1280949
  • So-called Antioch Mosaic  |  second half of 2nd century; Late Antonine  |  Roman  |  Mosaic  |  Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938 (38.11.12)
    9291024
  • Wall Painting of a Camel  |  mid-12th century  |  From the hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga  |  Fresco transferred to canvas  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.219)
    5811024
  • Lion from a Frieze  |  after 1200  |  Spanish; Made in Burgos, Castile-León  |  Fresco, mounted on canvas  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1931 (31.38.1a)
    10111024
  • Panel: striding lion  |  604–562 b.c.; Neo-Babylonian period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar II  |  Excavated at Wall of Processional Way, Babylon, Mesopotamia  |  Glazed brick  |  Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.13.2)
    1280544
  • Mihrab  |  1354  |  Isfahan, Iran  |  Mosaic of monochrome-glaze tiles on composite body set on plaster  |  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.20)
    6891024
  • Architectural Ensemble from a Jain Meeting Hall  |  last quarter of 16th century  |  India, Gujarat, Patan  |  Teak with traces of color  |  Gift of Robert W. and Lockwood de Forest, 1916 (16.133,1,2)
    8921024
  • Stele with Buddha Dipankara (Randeng)  |  Northern Wei dynasty (386–495), dated 489–495  |  Shanxi Province, China  |  Sandstone with pigment  |  The Sackler Collections, Purchase, The Sackler Fund, 1965 (65.29.3)
    7261024
  • Ceiling for a Ceremonial House  |  1970 and 1973  |  Kwoma painters, Mariwai village (active early 1970s)  |  Sago petioles, paint  |  Purchase, Rogers Fund and Mr. and Mrs. David Nash and Anonymous Gifts, 1975 (1975.372.1–.139)  |  The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Gertrud A. Mellon Gift, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Brandt Gift in Memory of Jacob J. Brandt, 1974 (1978.412.1576–.1698)
    6811024
  • The Temple of Dendur  |  Roman period, ca. 15 b.c.  |  Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia  |  Sandstone  |  Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
    1280958
  • The Temple of Dendur  |  Roman period, ca. 15 b.c.  |  Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia  |  Sandstone  |  Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
    1280973
  • The Temple of Dendur  |  Roman period, ca. 15 b.c.  |  Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia  |  Sandstone  |  Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
    1280928
  • The Cuxa Cloister  |  mid-12th century  |  French or Spanish; From the Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa (modern France)  |  Marble  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.398,.399,.452)
    10241024
  • Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido  |  ca. 1170–1180  |  Italian; Made in Tuscany  |  White Carrara marble, grayish marble  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.189)
    7161024
  • Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido  |  ca. 1170–1180  |  Italian; Made in Tuscany  |  White Carrara marble, grayish marble  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.189)
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  • Dining room from Lansdowne House, London  |  18th century (1765–68)  |  Robert Adam (English)  |  Wood, plaster, and stone  |  Rogers Fund, 1931 (32.12)
    12801024
  • Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota  |  1912–14  |  Frank Lloyd Wright (American)  |  Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972  |  (1972.60.1)
    1280983
  • The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery for Assyrian Art  |  Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1280853
  • The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery for Assyrian Art  |  Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1280856
  • The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery for Assyrian Art  |  Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1075906
  • Ionic capital, torus (foliated base), and parts of a fluted column shaft from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis  |  4th century b.c.  |  Greek, Lydian  |  Marble  |  Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926 (26.59.1)
    10241024
  • Ionic capital, torus (foliated base), and parts of a fluted column shaft from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis  |  4th century b.c.  |  Greek, Lydian  |  Marble  |  Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926 (26.59.1)
    1280998
  • Group of offering bearers  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.  |  Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), Serdab, MMA 1920  |  Plastered and painted wood, linen  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.8)
    12801024
  • The Glorification of the Barbaro Family, ceiling decoration  |  ca. 1750  |  Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923 (23.128)
    1280684
  • The Glorification of the Barbaro Family, ceiling decoration  |  ca. 1750  |  Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923 (23.128)
    9261024
  • Venetian Canal  |  1913  |  John Singer Sargent (American)  |  Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper  |  Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.10)
    1280956
  • Two dowels from a chair (?)  |  Middle Bronze Age–Old Assyrian Trading Colony, ca. 18th century b.c.  |  Anatolia, probably from Acemhöyük  |  Ivory  |  Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, in memory of George D. Pratt, 1936 (36.70.37z7)
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  • Man and woman seated side by side: From Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale  |  ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican  |  Roman  |  Wall painting; Fresco  |  Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.6)
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  • Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-Jean  |  ca. 1250  |  French  |  Limestone with traces of polychromy  |  The Cloisters Collection, 1932 (32.147)
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  • Damascus Room  |  dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman  |  Attributed to Damascus, Syria  |  Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold  |  Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    7661024
  • New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York  |  1751  |  Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
    1280960
  • Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)  |  Yuan dynasty, ca. 1319  |  China  |  Water-based pigments over foundation of clay mixed with straw  |  Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, in honor of his parents, Isaac and Sophie Sackler, 1965 (65.29.2)
    1280986
  • Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)  |  Yuan dynasty, ca. 1319  |  China  |  Water-based pigments over foundation of clay mixed with straw  |  Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, in honor of his parents, Isaac and Sophie Sackler, 1965 (65.29.2)
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  • Aileen Chuk
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  • My name is Aileen Chuk, I'm the registrar at the Metropolitan, and my topic is "Physics."

  • I'm a failed physicist. I started out wanting to be a scientist, and I realized I was never going to be good at it. And yet

  • I've gone into the art world, and I use that perspective in almost everything I do.

  • A registrar is responsible for taking care of all the art in the collection.

  • Anything comes in or out of this museum: packing, shipping, transport, couriers

  • site-installations. Whenever you move anything, there's physics involved.

  • Things are created over various time periods with different technologies.

  • And yet the same basic rules of physics always apply

  • mass, size, scale, volume, tipping points. Those haven't changed over the millennia. It's an equalizer.

  • I see the art but the first thing I think about is, "How did they get it in here?"

  • The Temple of Dendur is a very large building, intact. I see that as not so challenging, because it was

  • in one place, we knew exactly how it was built, and we could deconstruct

  • each numbered block, bring it to the United States and reconstruct it. It's always helpful to have a diagram.

  • The Cloisters is a classic example of interpretive architecture.

  • Many of these monasteries were destroyed through religious persecution

  • and they were in fragments. They didn't come with a map.

  • Architecture's a way of humans putting themselves into scale.

  • When we went from mud huts to grandeur, we were going to make a statement. This

  • set of reliefs is from a capital that was 900 acres, with walls that were 120 feet thick

  • five miles long, in northern Iraq, one of the first civilizations.

  • These are humans saying, "We're here."

  • The Greeks also. The Sardis Column is originally fifty-six feet high. It is represented in our galleries by only a very small portion of it, the bottom and the Ionic capital at the top.

  • How did they make these with no technology? How did they install these? And that's what I have to do every day. Moving

  • artwork all around the world, you're not always going to have your fancy equipment. You're going to have to think as the ancients thought.

  • A ceiling by Tiepolo was part of an exhibition in Venice. So I was bringing

  • Tiepolos back to Venice. It was one of the most challenging things I've ever done, because they

  • don't have elevators in Venice. They have cobblestones, and our modern art-moving equipment doesn't work.

  • But a dowel works, and that you can trace back to the Egyptians. If in doubt, revert to the ancient methods. Science

  • is all about empiricism. It's what you can see. It has physical form. It's like a

  • facedown. Take a fifty-six-foot column, put me in front of it, and ask me to move it.

  • I can combine an interest in science, as an amateur, and

  • apply it on a daily basis. It's giving me problems

  • to solve. It's helping me

  • understand the very nature of things

  • on a very intimate level.

  • 1987.1184.46
    [Expanding Circular Waves], 1950s, Berenice Abbott (American), Gelatin silver print Gift of Ronald A. Kurtz, 1987 (1987.1184.46) © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.
  • 38.11.12
    So-called Antioch Mosaic, second half of 2nd century; Late Antonine, Roman, Mosaic Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938 (38.11.12)
  • 61.219
    Wall Painting of a Camel, mid-12th century, From the hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga, Fresco transferred to canvas The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.219)
  • 31.38.1a
    Lion from a Frieze, after 1200, Spanish; Made in Burgos, Castile-León, Fresco, mounted on canvas The Cloisters Collection, 1931 (31.38.1a)
  • 31.13.2
    Panel: striding lion, 604–562 b.c.; Neo-Babylonian period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Excavated at Wall of Processional Way, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Glazed brick Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.13.2)
  • 39.20
    Mihrab, 1354, Isfahan, Iran, Mosaic of monochrome-glaze tiles on composite body set on plaster Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.20)
  • 16.133,1,2
    Architectural Ensemble from a Jain Meeting Hall, last quarter of 16th century, India, Gujarat, Patan, Teak with traces of color Gift of Robert W. and Lockwood de Forest, 1916 (16.133,1,2)
  • 65.29.3
    Stele with Buddha Dipankara (Randeng), Northern Wei dynasty (386–495), dated 489–495, Shanxi Province, China, Sandstone with pigment The Sackler Collections, Purchase, The Sackler Fund, 1965 (65.29.3)
  • 1975.372.1-139
    Ceiling for a Ceremonial House, 1970 and 1973, Kwoma painters, Mariwai village (active early 1970s), Sago petioles, paint Purchase, Rogers Fund and Mr. and Mrs. David Nash and Anonymous Gifts, 1975 (1975.372.1–.139) The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Gertrud A. Mellon Gift, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Brandt Gift in Memory of Jacob J. Brandt, 1974 (1978.412.1576–.1698)
  • 68.154_v004
    The Temple of Dendur, Roman period, ca. 15 b.c., Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia, Sandstone Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
  • 25.120.398_av1
    The Cuxa Cloister, mid-12th century, French or Spanish; From the Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa (modern France), Marble The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.398,.399,.452)
  • 62.189
    Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido, ca. 1170–1180, Italian; Made in Tuscany, White Carrara marble, grayish marble The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.189)
  • 32.12
    Dining room from Lansdowne House, London, 18th century (1765–68), Robert Adam (English), Wood, plaster, and stone Rogers Fund, 1931 (32.12)
  • 1972.60.1
    Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1912–14, Frank Lloyd Wright (American) Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972, (1972.60.1)
  • 26.59.1
    Ionic capital, torus (foliated base), and parts of a fluted column shaft from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis, 4th century b.c., Greek, Lydian, Marble Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926 (26.59.1)
  • 20.3.8
    Group of offering bearers, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), Serdab, MMA 1920, Plastered and painted wood, linen Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.8)
  • 23.128
    The Glorification of the Barbaro Family, ceiling decoration, ca. 1750, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian), Oil on canvas Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923 (23.128)
  • 15.142.10
    Venetian Canal, 1913, John Singer Sargent (American), Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.10)
  • 36.70.37z7
    Two dowels from a chair (?), Middle Bronze Age–Old Assyrian Trading Colony, ca. 18th century b.c., Anatolia, probably from Acemhöyük, Ivory Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, in memory of George D. Pratt, 1936 (36.70.37z7)
  • 03.14.6
    Man and woman seated side by side: From Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican, Roman, Wall painting; Fresco Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.6)
  • 32.147
    Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-Jean, ca. 1250, French, Limestone with traces of polychromy The Cloisters Collection, 1932 (32.147)
  • 1970.170
    Damascus Room, dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman, Attributed to Damascus, Syria, Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
  • NYDR.2003.1
    New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York, 1751 Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
  • 65.29.2
    Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo), Yuan dynasty, ca. 1319, China, Water-based pigments over foundation of clay mixed with straw Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, in honor of his parents, Isaac and Sophie Sackler, 1965 (65.29.2)
  • [Expanding Circular Waves], 1950s, Berenice Abbott (American), Gelatin silver print Gift of Ronald A. Kurtz, 1987 (1987.1184.46) © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.
    So-called Antioch Mosaic, second half of 2nd century; Late Antonine, Roman, Mosaic Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938 (38.11.12)
    Wall Painting of a Camel, mid-12th century, From the hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga, Fresco transferred to canvas The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.219)
    Lion from a Frieze, after 1200, Spanish; Made in Burgos, Castile-León, Fresco, mounted on canvas The Cloisters Collection, 1931 (31.38.1a)
    Panel: striding lion, 604–562 b.c.; Neo-Babylonian period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, Excavated at Wall of Processional Way, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Glazed brick Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.13.2)
    Mihrab, 1354, Isfahan, Iran, Mosaic of monochrome-glaze tiles on composite body set on plaster Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.20)
    Architectural Ensemble from a Jain Meeting Hall, last quarter of 16th century, India, Gujarat, Patan, Teak with traces of color Gift of Robert W. and Lockwood de Forest, 1916 (16.133,1,2)
    Stele with Buddha Dipankara (Randeng), Northern Wei dynasty (386–495), dated 489–495, Shanxi Province, China, Sandstone with pigment The Sackler Collections, Purchase, The Sackler Fund, 1965 (65.29.3)
    Ceiling for a Ceremonial House, 1970 and 1973, Kwoma painters, Mariwai village (active early 1970s), Sago petioles, paint Purchase, Rogers Fund and Mr. and Mrs. David Nash and Anonymous Gifts, 1975 (1975.372.1–.139) The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Gertrud A. Mellon Gift, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Brandt Gift in Memory of Jacob J. Brandt, 1974 (1978.412.1576–.1698)
    The Temple of Dendur, Roman period, ca. 15 b.c., Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia, Sandstone Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
    The Cuxa Cloister, mid-12th century, French or Spanish; From the Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa (modern France), Marble The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.398,.399,.452)
    Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido, ca. 1170–1180, Italian; Made in Tuscany, White Carrara marble, grayish marble The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.189)
    Dining room from Lansdowne House, London, 18th century (1765–68), Robert Adam (English), Wood, plaster, and stone Rogers Fund, 1931 (32.12)
    Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1912–14, Frank Lloyd Wright (American) Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972, (1972.60.1)
    Ionic capital, torus (foliated base), and parts of a fluted column shaft from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis, 4th century b.c., Greek, Lydian, Marble Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926 (26.59.1)
    Group of offering bearers, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), Serdab, MMA 1920, Plastered and painted wood, linen Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.8)
    The Glorification of the Barbaro Family, ceiling decoration, ca. 1750, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian), Oil on canvas Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923 (23.128)
    Venetian Canal, 1913, John Singer Sargent (American), Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.10)
    Two dowels from a chair (?), Middle Bronze Age–Old Assyrian Trading Colony, ca. 18th century b.c., Anatolia, probably from Acemhöyük, Ivory Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, in memory of George D. Pratt, 1936 (36.70.37z7)
    Man and woman seated side by side: From Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican, Roman, Wall painting; Fresco Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.6)
    Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-Jean, ca. 1250, French, Limestone with traces of polychromy The Cloisters Collection, 1932 (32.147)
    Damascus Room, dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman, Attributed to Damascus, Syria, Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York, 1751 Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
    Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo), Yuan dynasty, ca. 1319, China, Water-based pigments over foundation of clay mixed with straw Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, in honor of his parents, Isaac and Sophie Sackler, 1965 (65.29.2)
    8000–2000 B.C.
    2000–1000 B.C.
    1000 B.C.–1 A.D.
    1–500 A.D.
    500–1000 A.D.
    1000–1400 A.D.
    1400–1600 A.D.
    1600–1800 A.D.
    1800–1900 A.D.
    1900–Present

    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    [Expanding Circular Waves]
    1950s
    Berenice Abbott (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Ronald A. Kurtz, 1987 (1987.1184.46)
    © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    So-called Antioch Mosaic
    second half of 2nd century; Late Antonine
    Roman
    Mosaic
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938 (38.11.12)
    On view: Gallery 168
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    Wall Painting of a Camel
    mid-12th century
    From the hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga
    Fresco transferred to canvas
    The Cloisters Collection, 1961 (61.219)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 001

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Lion from a Frieze
    after 1200
    Spanish; Made in Burgos, Castile-León
    Fresco, mounted on canvas
    The Cloisters Collection, 1931 (31.38.1a)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 001

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Panel: striding lion
    604–562 b.c.; Neo-Babylonian period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar II
    Excavated at Wall of Processional Way, Babylon, Mesopotamia
    Glazed brick
    Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.13.2)
    On view: Gallery 404
    Ancient Near Eastern ArtSecond Floor
    Mihrab
    1354
    Isfahan, Iran
    Mosaic of monochrome-glaze tiles on composite body set on plaster
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.20)
    On view: Gallery 455
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Architectural Ensemble from a Jain Meeting Hall
    last quarter of 16th century
    India, Gujarat, Patan
    Teak with traces of color
    Gift of Robert W. and Lockwood de Forest, 1916 (16.133,1,2)
    On view: Gallery 243
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Stele with Buddha Dipankara (Randeng)
    Northern Wei dynasty (386–495), dated 489–495
    Shanxi Province, China
    Sandstone with pigment
    The Sackler Collections, Purchase, The Sackler Fund, 1965 (65.29.3)
    On view: Gallery 206
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Ceiling for a Ceremonial House
    1970 and 1973
    Kwoma painters, Mariwai village (active early 1970s)
    Sago petioles, paint
    Purchase, Rogers Fund and Mr. and Mrs. David Nash and Anonymous Gifts, 1975 (1975.372.1–.139)
    The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Gertrud A. Mellon Gift, and Mr. and Mrs. Alan Brandt Gift in Memory of Jacob J. Brandt, 1974 (1978.412.1576–.1698)
    On view: Gallery 354
    First Floor
    The Temple of Dendur
    Roman period, ca. 15 b.c.
    Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia
    Sandstone
    Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
    On view: Gallery 131
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    The Cuxa Cloister
    mid-12th century
    French or Spanish; From the Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa (modern France)
    Marble
    The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.398,.399,.452)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 007

    Medieval Art and The Cloisters
    The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park
    Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido
    ca. 1170–1180
    Italian; Made in Tuscany
    White Carrara marble, grayish marble
    The Cloisters Collection, 1962 (62.189)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 002
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Dining room from Lansdowne House, London
    18th century (1765–68)
    Robert Adam (English)
    Wood, plaster, and stone
    Rogers Fund, 1931 (32.12)
    On view: Gallery 515
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota
    1912–14
    Frank Lloyd Wright (American)
    Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972 (1972.60.1)
    Not on view
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Ionic capital, torus (foliated base), and parts of a fluted column shaft from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis
    4th century b.c.
    Greek, Lydian
    Marble
    Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926 (26.59.1)
    On view: Gallery 160
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    Group of offering bearers
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), Serdab, MMA 1920
    Plastered and painted wood, linen
    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.8)
    On view: Gallery 105
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    The Glorification of the Barbaro Family, ceiling decoration
    ca. 1750
    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian)
    Oil on canvas
    Anonymous Gift, in memory of Oliver H. Payne, 1923 (23.128)
    On view: Gallery 600
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Venetian Canal
    1913
    John Singer Sargent (American)
    Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.10)
    Not on view
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Two dowels from a chair (?)
    Middle Bronze Age–Old Assyrian Trading Colony, ca. 18th century b.c.
    Anatolia, probably from Acemhöyük
    Ivory
    Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, in memory of George D. Pratt, 1936 (36.70.37z7)
    Not on view
    Ancient Near Eastern ArtSecond Floor
    Man and woman seated side by side: From Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale
    ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republican
    Roman
    Wall painting; Fresco
    Rogers Fund, 1903 (03.14.6)
    On view: Gallery 164
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-Jean
    ca. 1250
    French
    Limestone with traces of polychromy
    The Cloisters Collection, 1932 (32.147)
    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 001
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Damascus Room
    dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman
    Attributed to Damascus, Syria
    Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold
    Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    On view: Gallery 461
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York
    1751
    Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
    Not on view
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)
    Yuan dynasty, ca. 1319
    China
    Water-based pigments over foundation of clay mixed with straw
    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, in honor of his parents, Isaac and Sophie Sackler, 1965 (65.29.2)
    On view: Gallery 206
    Asian ArtSecond Floor

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