Pick one of the pairs of objects listed below, found at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art (information about the Museum –its location and how to get there, as well as its
hours– can be found at www.metmuseum.org).
The object pairs are (the Main Desk at the Museum can show you precisely where
these specific Galleries are):
1) In the Robert and Renée Belfer Court:
a) Terracotta Krater with Lid Surmounted by a Small Hydria. Greek, ca. 750-740
BCE (74.51.965) and
b) Terracotta Neck Amphora. Greek, Second Quarter of 7th
Century (11.210.1)
2) In the Carolyn, Kate, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Jonathon Wiener Gallery:
a) Marble Grave Stele of a Young Woman. Greek, ca. 400-390 BCE (36.11.1)
b) Marble Grave Stele of a Little Girl. Greek, ca. 450-440 BCE (27.45)
3) In the Hellenistic Treasury
a) Bronze Statuette of a Veiled and Masked Dancer. Greek, Hellenistic 3-2nd
Century BCE (1972.118.95) and
b) Bronze Statuette of a Rider Wearing an Elephant Skin. Greek, Hellenistic 3rd
Century, BCE (55.11.11)
Closely observe, ideally in person, the pair you have picked. In your paper,
describe each piece, based solely on your observation in as much detail as appropriate,
and then compare and contrast them.
The paper should be 4-5 typed pages and double-spaced, with 1 inch margins and
10 or 12 point type, depending on the font. Do not forget to spell-check and proof-read.
Number the pages.
This paper requires no additional research whatsoever. Do not use any outside
sources, i.e. Google, Encylopedias of Art, etc.
Everyone is encouraged to meet with me to discuss the paper after having observed
the pieces.
If you have difficulty writing, or are not a native speaker of English, take that into
account in allocating your time. Note: grammar and spelling count.
The papers must be submitted stapled.
Late papers will be marked down half a grade per day late and will not be accepted
after 5 days. If you must submit the paper late, you must turn it in at the Art History
department and have either the departmental secretary or student worker confirm the
date and time you submit it to my folder. Without that, I will assume it was submitted
just before I see it.
Anyone caught cheating/plagiarizing this assignment will be given a failing
grade for the course. As described in the Campus Code of Conduct
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s ideas, words, or work as
your own.
Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to submitting
as one’s own:
papers, works of art, or written or design material created in
whole or in part by someone else;
written or design material that has been taken or copied from
a website or bought;
sentences, phrases, key words, or ideas used without
someone else’s ideas or work paraphrased without
In addition to their receiving a failing grade, Violators will be reported to
FIT authorities, which may result in suspension or expulsion.