Figurine from Ur III, ca. 2100-2000 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Neo-Sumerican, ceramic.
This two-thousand-year-old sculpture shows a jaguar, the largest cat in the Americas. | Feline Altar, 1st century BCE– 1st century CE. Izapan. Mexico. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1963 (1978.412.22)
Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1175–1200. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916 (16.32.194a, b) | In medieval sculpture, individual body parts were often accentuated to convey meaning. Here, Mary's oversized hands direct our attention to Jesus, enthroned upon his mother's lap. Hear and watch diverse viewpoints on this sculpture. #MetViewpoints
Roundel with Three Apes Building a Trestle Table, 1480–1500. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1990 (1990.119.3) | Whether this scene was intended to convey anything beyond its obvious whimsy is uncertain. #Cloisters
Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, 1599–1660). Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670), 1650. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971 (1971.86) #mustache #movember