1. Curator Susanne Ebbinghaus introduces our new special exhibition, “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings,” on view September 7, 2018–January 6, 2019. The show presents a stunning range of elaborate animal-shaped vessels that span continents and millennia, vividly illustrating how ideas and artistic traditions were exchanged among cultures.


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  2. Angela Chang, conservator of objects and sculpture; head of the Objects Lab; and assistant director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, and student Anjie Liu examine an ancient silver vessel in the Straus Center.
    This video is included in the digital tool for our special exhibition “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings,” on view September 7, 2018–January 6, 2019. The show presents a stunning range of elaborate animal-shaped vessels that span continents and millennia, vividly illustrating how ideas and artistic traditions were exchanged among cultures.

    Crucial support for the exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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  3. Join Kathy King, director of education in the Harvard Ceramics Program, as she demonstrates the techniques of ancient Greek potters in crafting terracotta vessels.

    Greek potters took full advantage of the possibilities offered by their medium. Athenian clay vessels were often created using a two-part mold, with the resulting halves joined together. The form of this striking mug—half donkey, half ram—reflects the process used in its making. Composite vessels typically juxtaposed symbolic “opposites”—in this case a noble ram and a lowly donkey.

    This video is included in the digital tool for our special exhibition “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings,” on view September 7, 2018–January 6, 2019. The show presents a stunning range of elaborate animal-shaped vessels that span continents and millennia, vividly illustrating how ideas and artistic traditions were exchanged among cultures.

    Crucial support for the exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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  4. Animation of bell krater depicting a symposium (detail), attributed to the Philocleon Reverse Group, Greek, Attic, c. 390 BCE. Terracotta, red-figure technique. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, ANSA IV 910.

    In the second millennium BCE, the Minoans on Crete developed a category of zoomorphic vessel known today as the rhyton (plural rhyta), a word derived from the Greek verb rheo, “to flow.” Part of the appeal of this vessel type was certainly the performative aspect: a rhyton held aloft and emitting a steady jet of liquid would have made a striking visual, contributing to the spectacle of a banquet or religious ceremony.

    This video is included in the digital tool for our special exhibition “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings,” on view September 7, 2018–January 6, 2019. The show presents a stunning range of elaborate animal-shaped vessels that span continents and millennia, vividly illustrating how ideas and artistic traditions were exchanged among cultures.

    Crucial support for the exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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  5. Watch the livestream of the opening lecture of our latest special exhibition, “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.” Michael Dietler, professor of anthropology, associated faculty in classics and social sciences, and affiliate of the Program on the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago, will deliver the lecture “Liquid Material Culture: Anthropological Explorations of Alcohol and Drinking Vessels.”

    The special exhibition “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings,”on view September 7, 2018–January 6, 2019, presents a stunning range of elaborate animal-shaped vessels that span continents and millennia, vividly illustrating how ideas and artistic traditions were exchanged among cultures.

    Crucial support for the exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6–7:30pm, Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums

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