October 20: New York City Field Trip

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On Friday, October 20th, 2017, Dr. Feldman’s graduate seminar, entitled “Image, Form, and Function: Seals and their cultural context in the ancient Near East,” traveled to New York to visit The Morgan Library and Museum. First published by Edith Porada in 1948, the collection of cylinder seals is unrivaled in the United States, spanning from the fourth millennium to the fourth century BCE. Students received a tour of the cylinder seal collection from Sidney Babcock, Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Curator and Department Head of the Ancient Near Eastern Seals & Tablets Collection. After their tour, Dr. Babcock led the class as they created their own seal impressions using cylinder seals from the museum’s collection. This trip was funded by a generous gift from Dr. Daniel Weiss, who received his Ph.D. from the History of Art Department and is currently the president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. -Bianca Hand, 1st-year graduate student in the Department of History of Art

A photograph of the seal impressions made by the students.