Location City: New York City

Detail, Keru Vessel, Inka, lacquered wood, Colonial, Peru (Brooklyn Museum) Keru Cup. Inka. Colonial. Wood; lacquered, 7 3/8 x 6 15/16inches / 18.7 x 17.6cm (Brooklyn Museum)
Although this vessel depicts a royal Inka couple, it was produced after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Keru Vessel

This pot stood above a grave, and the female mourners depicted on it tear out their hair in grief.

Terracotta Krater

Giacomo Balla, Street Light (detail), c. 1910-11 (dated on painting 1909), oil on canvas, 174.7 x 114.7 cm (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Rejecting traditional subject matter, Balla paints an object that is forthrightly modern and technological.

Giacomo Balla, Street Light

This fabulously-dressed mirror-bearer imitates the humans who performed this function in the royal courts.


Illuminated Gospel
This 15th century manuscript is based on Egyptian Coptic sources, but its creators imbued it with local flair.

Illuminated Gospel