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  • Still Life with Snake and Lizard

    Slide Notes

    Marseus van Schriek depicted forest plants and animals with both scientific precision and mysterious, poetic overtones. Here, a snake and a lizard face off beneath a strange and seemingly gigantic poppy, a flower associated with sleep, night, and opium-induced hallucinations.

    On view at: Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III Gallery (Gallery 248)

    Details

    Still Life with Snake and Lizard

    about 1670

    Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Dutch, 1619–1678

    Dimensions

    Overall: 62.9 x 49.5cm (24 3/4 x 19 1/2in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1990.622

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Coolidge Gallery (PDP and AOE) -248 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Carousel Figure of a Greyhound

    Slide Notes

    During the heyday of the carousel (or merry-go-round) as a popular form of American entertainment, from the 1890s into at least the 1920s, as many as three thousand carousels were installed at amusement parks across the country. Many of the finest carvers of carousel animals were German immigrants, including Charles Looff, whose name is stamped on the belly of this colorful, imposing greyhound.

    On view at: Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery (Gallery 237)

    Details

    Carousel figure of a greyhound

    about 1905–10

    Charles I. D. Looff, 1852–1918

    Dimensions

    137.16 x 38.1 x 185.42 cm (54 x 15 x 73 in.)

    Medium

    Painted wood; glass

    Classification

    Figurines

    Accession Number

    1992.267

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Linde Gallery (Am. Folk Art) - 237 More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Bird Effigy Staff Head

    Slide Notes

    Staff head in the form of a water bird with long curved bill.

    On view at: Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Details

    Bird effigy staff head

    A.D. 100–600

    Dimensions

    14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Gold alloy

    Classification

    Ritual Objects

    Accession Number

    23.449

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Ancient South America Gallery - LG33 More Info

    Description

    Staff head in the form of a water bird with long curved bill.

    Multimedia

  • Figure of Fox Scratching his Head

    Slide Notes

    Fox scratching his head, standing on a thin plinth measuring 8.8 x 4.6 cm.

    On view at: Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

    Details

    Figurine of fox scratching his head

    mid-5th century B.C.

    Dimensions

    Length: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    10.229

    Collections
    The Ancient World
    On View
    Greek Archaic Gallery - 113 More Info

    Description

    Fox scratching his head, standing on a thin plinth measuring 8.8 x 4.6 cm.

    Multimedia

  • Bronze Bridle Ornaments

    Slide Notes

    Bridle ornament in the form of an ibex. Such objects fastened the crossing cheekstraps of horses’ headstalls. The style of the birds and animals is closely related to the art of the Russian steppe.

    On view at: Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

    Details

    Bronze bridle ornaments

    7th–6th century B.C.

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: 29 x 25 x 15.5 cm

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Tools & equipment, Animal-related

    Accession Number

    1971.401

    Collections
    The Ancient World
    On View
    Ancient Near East Gallery - 110 More Info

    Description

    Bridle ornament in the form of an ibex. Such objects fastened the crossing cheekstraps of horses' headstalls. The style of the birds and animals is closely related to the art of the Russian steppe, suggesting that these objects were used or inspired by the Cimmerians or Scythians, south Russian tribes that invaded Anatolia and Northwestern Iran during the seventh century BC.

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