Art History

My art history course this semester is Elite Objects from the Bronze age. I’m doing a presentation on gold and silver vessels from the Royal Cemetary at Ur. This was an incredible archeological dig that happened in Southern Iraq between 1922 and 1934 and was a joint project between the British Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology. The findings were split three ways between the two museums and the Museum in Iraq. The ones in Iraq are not on display currently as you might imagine based on current events in that country.

I spent an hour at the museum yesterday morning and took about 170 photos in Ur Cemetary Gallery. I spent a lot of time looking at the vessels on display as well as the museum labels and signage.

Back home, I found a way on the Penn Museum’s website to save a collection and then in trying to find a similar feature on the British Museum’s website only to realize that their collection is better searched on Google Arts and Culture. (and another hour gone browsing through artworks from museums around the world…)

Anyway, if you would like to see it, here is the list of items from the Penn Museum that I am studying for my presentation:

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