Paper will be 1000 words and will consist of a catalogue description of the obje

Paper will be 1000 words and will consist of a catalogue description of the object including information such as size and basic narrative description and some research on the object.
Paper should include proper footnotes/endnotes and Works Cited/Bibliography page. Also, you need to include an image of the object you choose.
You may not use websites as sources although you may use digital resources such as articles through databases such as JSTOR.
You will want to spend some time just acquainting yourself with the galleries before you choose a piece. When in the museum, copy down all of the information on the museum label. Make notes on your description, while standing in front of the piece. Plan to spend a good amount of time doing this. Try making a sketch of the item, which will help you see it better. Take notes on your comparison piece as well.
Your paper should include the following:
“Basic information”: Artist’s name (if known), title of work, date, medium, inventory number (copy down all this information from the museum label), and its location in the museum.
First, a full description of the scene (or statue) in your own words. Aim for clarity and precision, expressed in simple declarative sentences.
Two principles to bear in mind: 1) in general, the more detail in your description, the better; 2) a good description = a neutral, straightforward account of close visual observation, with little or no subjective comments of personal opinion. While each paper will differ slightly according to the nature of your own particular piece, your description should be organized along these basic lines:
An overall statement of the whole. In a sentence or two, what is this thing, what does it represent?
Material and condition: maximum dimensions of the piece; the material it is made of; its state of
preservation. List all marks of damage to the piece. Any signs of modern restoration or repair?
Next, a detailed, comprehensive description of the work, part by part, in whatever order makes the most sense to you. (For example for a statue perhaps start from the head and work your way down to the feet, for a vase start from the rim and work your way down to the base etc. )
Then, a brief visual analysis of the work in question. How would you characterize the artist’s
technique and use of this particular medium? What stylistic features in the history of Egyptian/Greek etc art are represented by this work? What appears to have been the main aims or concerns of the artist?
Research. The purpose of this part is by means of comparison and/or research, to put the piece in its historical and archaeological context.
To shed further light on the meaning and significance of your piece, you are asked to look into various aspects of its origin, function and iconography. This may include library/online research into the biography of the subject represented (if a portrait statue), elements of ancient Near Easter or Egyptian religion or funerary practice, or aspects of everyday life in Greece etc. Where appropriate, you also may want to study another work (Egyptian, Near Eastern, Bronze Age, Greek, Roman etc.) in the MMA Collections for purposes of comparison, as you research and analyze your first piece in greater detail (for example the treatment of Isis and Aphrodite, funerary gifts of Egypt and Greece etc.). Please note: avoid using web-sites for your research. Papers that rely entirely on on-line sources for information will not be accepted.You should aim to have at least 3-4 sources for the research component.
Footnotes may appear either at the bottom of the page, or in parentheses within the text. In contrast to the text, the footnotes should be single-spaced. Remember that a reference to someone else’s opinions without a footnote is plagiarism. A consistent use of any of the standard, accepted forms of footnoting is permissible. (e.g., the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA Handbook). Please carefully consult the Study Guide, “How Not to Plagiarize.”

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