I feel my answer to this question would be equivocal to the point of being useless. It's difficult to say that, in a major encyclopedic museum, one has "favorites." Over time, one's taste, curiosity, and enthusiasm shift. The New American Wing is now a destination of some curiosity, as I have had an interesting exchange with one of its curators, Elizabeth Kornhauser, and feel more engaged. That collection has gained more consequence for me as a result.
The Asian wing and, in particular, the Japanese collection remain a calming and spiritually enhancing area of the Museum. While I am no longer as besotted as I once was with Noguchi's Water Stone (1986), I still visit it regularly and enjoy the peacefulness it radiates in much the same way as George Nakashima's reading room.
The Bamana "Boli" mud bull (19th–20th century) is always moving for the primal power it emits and, though the modern collection has deepened, it remains an island of contrast in the Met's collections, which I love to move through as a sort of "refresher" for my eyes, and the apparatus that reads concept before aesthetics.
Figure: Bovine (Boli), 19th–20th century
Mali; Bamana peoples See collection record
Wood, sacrificial materials (patina)
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Water Stone, 1986
Isamu Noguchi (American, Los Angeles, California 1904–1988 New York)See collection record
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1987
© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum