A Trip to the Met
During a recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I played with the recommended approach of my/the assignment. Being so pressed for time I was unable to do any research beforehand. I knew I had to just go. Pick something. Something I liked, can speak about, and take some pride in sketching. So, I picked the vessel below because I was born on April 25th which makes me a Taurus. I went looking around, patiently waiting, timing, to find that piece that resonated with me. I found it.
Thankfully. It fit the restrictions. I stumbled upon what’s called the vessel terminating in the four parts of a bull. It’s 14th-13th century BC. It’s a silver metallic cup. It’s cut, sculpted, detailed, and put together beautifully. It’s what I would call, the perfect mug. The detail on this thing is superb. The way you see the accents on the muscles, fine sculpting on the face, up to him kneeling. My opinion, perfectly carved. Meets every requirement to be the mug of a Taurus or any man in history fancying himself as no one to be fucked with. I just want to drink my morning coffee and beers out of this thing. To me, it does symbolize the relationship between man and the gods. That God who comes in the representation of a creature. One you/I associate with. It’s a status symbol.
Works that were nearby. A lot of relic artifacts. Encased like mine. This vessel specifically belonged to the Hittite people. In Central Anatolia. The shape, size is perfect. Again, my opinion, silver finish, track lighting at the ceiling, not a lot of shadow in this room. The emotional quality of this piece is appreciation. You can call it whatever you want, when I look at the mug and think of the craftsmanship required. You can’t escape that uplifting feeling. The symbolism. The trace back to the us. The Hittite people. The connection to us and creatures. The animalistic nature of humanity. It’s fascinating stuff.
The most important part of this piece’s history comes from the Museums website,
“it is plausible to assume that this vessel was the property of the Hittite storm god Teshub with whom the bull was associated.”
Speaking about it after seeing it then writing about it makes me grow a bigger appreciation for old school hand craftsmanship and the history behind our human experience. I’m inspired by it and I’m glad that I went into the museum with no expectation, and just finding something and going about it that way. I feel my approach helped prevent me from being disappointed by expecting one thing and seeing another. That’s s my piece and I’m sticking to it.