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"The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West"
2000-10-03 until 2001-01-14
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY,
This unprecedented exhibition cuts across
geographical and cultural boundaries to present a global view of art
at the dawn of the first millennium. The Year One: Art of the Ancient
World East and West drawn almost entirely from the Metropolitan's
collection, celebrates the artistic production of such far-flung
civilizations as ancient China, Imperial Rome, and the Mayans of
present-day Central America. Seen together, these objects reveal not
only the rich diversity but also the often surprising interconnections
among the cultures that created them.
With objects spanning almost five millennia and drawn from nearly
every known culture, the Metropolitan is one of the few truly
encyclopedic museums in the world. Normally, these collections are
displayed according to the particular region or artistic school they
2nd century A.D. Egypt.
Terracotta, white engobe, and paint.
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1991.