1. Curator Susanne Ebbinghaus introduces 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.

    Learn more about the exhibition: harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5295/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world-feasting-with-gods-heroes-and-kings

    Crucial support for the Animal-Shaped Vessels project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. In addition, the Harvard Art Museums are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor of a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and to Malcolm H. Wiener (Harvard A.B. ’57, J.D. ’63) and Michael and Helen Lehmann for enabling us to mount this exhibition and to pursue the related research. This work was also made possible in part by the following endowed funds: the David M. Robinson Fund; the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund; and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which brings outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935.

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  2. Go behind-the-scenes to examine an ancient silver vessel in the Straus Center for Conservation with objects conservator Angela Chang and Harvard student Anjie Liu.

    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 exhibition 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.

    TAKE A CLOSER LOOK:

    + EXHIBITION/ Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5295/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world-feasting-with-gods-heroes-and-kings

    +DIGITAL TOOL/ Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: hvrd.art/animals

    + Art Talk—What Can We Learn From A Fragment? A Technical Study And Reconstruction Of An Ancient Silver Artifact with Angela Chang: vimeo.com/460704207.

    SPEAKERS:
    + Angela Chang, conservator of objects and sculpture; head of the Objects Lab; and assistant director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies;

    + Anjie Liu, Harvard Class of 2018

    Crucial support for the Animal-Shaped Vessels project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. In addition, the Harvard Art Museums are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor of a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and to Malcolm H. Wiener (Harvard A.B. ’57, J.D. ’63) and Michael and Helen Lehmann for enabling us to mount this exhibition and to pursue the related research. This work was also made possible in part by the following endowed funds: the David M. Robinson Fund; the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund; and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which brings outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935.

    © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Video: John Neely. For questions related to permission for commercial use of this video, please contact the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources at am_divr@harvard.edu.

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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.

    Learn more about the exhibition: harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5295/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world-feasting-with-gods-heroes-and-kings

    Crucial support for the Animal-Shaped Vessels project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. In addition, the Harvard Art Museums are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor of a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and to Malcolm H. Wiener (Harvard A.B. ’57, J.D. ’63) and Michael and Helen Lehmann for enabling us to mount this exhibition and to pursue the related research. This work was also made possible in part by the following endowed funds: the David M. Robinson Fund; the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund; and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which brings outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935.

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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.

    Learn more about the exhibition: harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5295/animal-shaped-vessels-from-the-ancient-world-feasting-with-gods-heroes-and-kings

    Crucial support for the Animal-Shaped Vessels project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. In addition, the Harvard Art Museums are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor of a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and to Malcolm H. Wiener (Harvard A.B. ’57, J.D. ’63) and Michael and Helen Lehmann for enabling us to mount this exhibition and to pursue the related research. This work was also made possible in part by the following endowed funds: the David M. Robinson Fund; the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund; and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which brings outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935.

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  5. Conservator, Angela Chang explores what we can learn from a fragment, which probably comes from an ancient silver drinking vessel called a rhyton. By taking these findings and working with metalsmith Adam Whitney to develop a modern metal reconstruction, Chang transports us back in time and explains the masterful silversmithing involved in the manufacture of this ancient object.

    TAKE A CLOSER LOOK:  

    + Fragmentary forepart of a deer, perhaps from a rhyton, Iran, Achaemenid, 4th century BCE or later. Silver. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund, 1953.102. hvrd.art/o/291227

    + Crafting Silver Vessels—Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: vimeo.com/288411697.

    + Exhibition—Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings: harvardartmuseums.org/animalshapedvessels

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    Speaker: Angela Chang, Assistant Director, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies/Harvard Art Museums.

    This video is part of our series vimeo.com/channels/1557966 in which our team of curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students will share short, informal videos that offer an up-close look at works from our collections.  

    © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Video: Angela Chang. For questions related to permission for commercial use of this video, please contact the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources at am_divr@harvard.edu.

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