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Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2020–2022

Various authors
80 pages
103 illustrations
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Every two years the fall issue of The Met's quarterly Bulletin celebrates notable recent acquisitions and gifts to the collection. Highlights of Recent Acquisitions 2020–2022 include the Mantuan Roundel by Gian Marco Cavalli, a recently rediscovered tour de force from the early Renaissance; the archive of photographer James Van Der Zee, one of the most celebrated chroniclers of Black life in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance; a pair of sculptures by the renowned contemporary American artist Robert Gober; Thomas Sully’s magisterial portrait of Queen Victoria; and Poussin’s Agony in the Garden, one of only two accepted works by the artist in oil on copper. This publication also honors the many generous contributions from donors that make possible the continued growth of The Met collection.

Head of a King, Probably Khafre, Wearing the White Crown, Limestone, cupreous metal, possibly paint, probably obsidian (pupil), stone(sclera)
ca. 2520–2494 B.C.
Figure of a Striding Man with a Long Kilt, Wood
ca. 1978–1940 BC
Upper Part of a Jar in the Shape of a Female Musician, Pottery, paint
ca. 1479–1352 B.C.
Head of a Queen Wearing a Vulture Headdress, Limestone,  paint
ca. 1550–1479 B.C.
Vase fragment depicting Berenike II, Faience
246 B.C.–221 B.C.
Statuette of a standing goddess, terracotta, Greek, Boeotian
Greek, Boeotian
ca. 525–500 BC
Wine container (hu), Bronze inlaid with bronze, China
5th–4th century BCE
Marble cinerary urn in the form of a tree stump with leaves and grapes, Marble, Roman
ca. 1st century CE
Bronze balsamarium decorated with lion-skins and herms, Bronze, Roman
late 1st–early 2nd century CE
Trophy relief fragment, Marble, Roman
1st–2nd century
Figurine, Wari artist(s), Turquoise, Wari
650–800 CE
Tripod plate with mythological scene, Ceramic with red, cream, and black slip, Maya
7th–8th century
Tunic, Cotton, camelid hair, Wari
7th–11th century
Game Piece with Stork and Fox, Walrus ivory, North French or German
North French or German
12th century
The Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara), Cypress wood; single-block construction (ichiboku-zukuri), Japan
mid-11th century
Icon of the Virgin and Child, Hodegetria variant, Byzantine or Crusader  Byzantine or Crusader, Tempera on wood, Byzantine or Crusader
13th century
Virgin and Child Enthroned, Bohemian Painter  Bohemian, Oil(?) and gold on wood
ca. 1345–50
Four miniatures of the life of Christ from a gospel book of 1311 (Presentation, Baptism, Transfiguration, Entry into Jerusalem), T'oros the Deacon  Armenian, Ink and pigments on oriental paper, Armenian
Mending clothes by daylight, Unidentified artist, Hanging scroll; ink on paper, China
calligraphy datable to 1240s
Sundial of Ahaz, leaf from the Postilla Litteralis (Literal Commentary) of Nicholas of Lyra, Opaque watercolor, iron-gall ink and gold on vellum, French
ca. 1360–1380
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