Which is why I was so weirdly excited to learn that the Metropolitan Museum of Art (henceforth: the Met) had put their entire collection online (395,996 items, so far). I've decided to look at all of it, and an important part of that decision has been to not do the math and see if it is even remotely possible. I've decided to go chronologically.
The earliest period chronicled by the Met is 8000-2000 B.C., which seems like a lot until you realize it's mostly jars. I'll be posting here about my discoveries and questions, and whether I ever figure out the difference between a "shard" and a "sherd." (They have both.) But first I thought it would be fun to look at some of the most interesting things I've seen so far, as well as some of the least interesting, because that's just the kind of person I am.
|Marble Seated Harp Player (Late Early Cycladic I–Early Cycladic II)|
|Miniature House (First Intermediate Period-early Middle Kingdom)|
Not Very Interesting:
|Unidentified Object (Early Dynastic II)|
|Bee Amulet (Late Old Kingdom)|
|Pit From a Balanites Tree With Hole Caused By a Rodent (Old Kingdom)|
They seriously have, like 30 of these. I think the Met might be drunk, you guys.
*I have a longstanding dream to someday move to Paris for a year and test the theory that it would take that long to see everything in the Louvre, and then write a book about it. But that probably won't happen.
**"Late Early Cycladic?"