Which three countries are best represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection? If you guessed, say, the United States, Greece, and Egypt, you’ve done pretty well — it’s actually Egypt, the US, and Iran, in that order — but you probably couldn’t guess the fourth most prevalent national source of works at the museum, which is Peru (Greece doesn’t even make the top 10).
What types of objects do you think make up the bulk of the Met’s collection? No surprises here, as prints, photographs, drawings, and books are, respectively, the most well represented media among the 446,123 artifacts in the museum’s most recently uploaded inventory spreadsheet, “MetObjects.” But those are all relatively young media; the museum’s holdings predating the current era consist overwhelmingly of vases, glass, and ceramic.
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