Met Mysteries

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870. Since then, the institution has grown and expanded its collections, ranging from ancient to modern history and works of art and design of all mediums. Not all pieces at the Met can be attributed to specific artists, but they are just as important to the history of art and culture.

Met Mysteries are featured in Edition: The Best of the Met

Scenes from the Life of Christ: Arrest of Christ, Christ in Limbo; Descent from the Cross, Preparation of Christ's Body for His Entombment, Spain, Tempera on wood (13th century)
Six of the Twelve Divine Generals (Jūni shinshō) (Kamakura period, 14th century)
Marble statue of an old woman, Roman (A.D. 14-68)
Tanuki (Japanese Racoon Dog) with a Sake Bottle and Bills for Sake, by Garaku, Ivory (Edo Peroid, second half of 18th century)
Saint Michael, Tempera and oil on wood, Master of the Belmonte, North Spanish (1450-1500)
Gold chain earring with disk fastener, from Cyprus
Marble bust of a man, Roman (mid-1st century A.D.)
Vitrine for reliquary, German or Austrian, Wood (pine?), gilded and polychromed, and glass (mid-18th century)
Triptych Panel with Saint Sebastian, Made in Limoges, France, Master of the Triptych of Louis XII (15th-16th century)
'Ássa' dá deestl 'ónígíí, Native American (Navajo), kettle drum (19th century)
Highland Targe, Scottish, Wood, leather, brass, horn, textile (1700-50)
Arm Reliquary, Made in Meuse Valley, South Netherlands, Silver, gilded silver, niello, gems, with wooden core (ca. 1230)
Pietà, Italian (Tuscan) Painter, Tempera on panel (first quarter of 14th century)
Marble statuette of young Dionysos, Roman (1st-2nd century A.D.)
Portable Reliquary of Saint Vincent, French, translucent enamels on silver, wood (ca. 1400 with later terminals)
Sheet of Reward of Merit cards, American (19th century)
Netsuke of a Man and an Egg, Japan, Ivory (19th century)
Marble statue of Aphrodite loosening her sandal, Roman (1st century A.D.)
Dagger with Sheath, Indian, Mughal (18th century)
The Cloisters Playing Cards, Made in Burgundian territories, South Netherlandish; Paper (four layers of pasteboard), with pen and ink, opaque paint, glazes, and applied silver and gold (ca. 1475-80)
Marble sarcophagus with the contest between the Muses and the Sirens, Roman (3rd quarter of 3rd century A.D.)
Snuff Bottle, Agate with jasper stopper (Qing dynasty, 19th century)
Saint Michael and the Dragon, Spanish (Valencian) Painter active in Italy early 15th century, Tempera on wood, gold ground (ca. 1405)
Marble head of a god, probably Dionysos, Roman (1st or 2nd century A.D.)
Hunting Scene, Fresco transferred to canvas, Made in Castile-León, Spain (First half of 12th century - possibly 1129-34)
Reliquary Bust of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Made in Strasbourg, Upper Rhineland, Germany, Walnut with paint and gilden; linden base, Workshop of Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (ca. 1465)
Marble anthropoid sarcophagus, Graeco-Phoenician, Parian marble (last quarter of 5th century B.C.)
Head of a Woman, France (ca. 1440-60)
Marble sarcophagus fragment showing death of the Greek hero Meleager, Roman (mid-2nd century A.D.)
Fan, China (19th century)
L'Amour from Playing Cards (for Quartets) 'Costumes des Peuples Étrangers' (1700-1799)
Marble sarcophagus lid with reclining couple (ca. A.D. 220)