Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 10:45 am  to  3:00 pm

Visit the Metropolitan Museum. We will have a special guided tour and time to roam the Museum on your own. The cost is $15 which includes the admission. To register go to and pay $15 or mail a check to

AIA Westchester Society
P.O. Box 215
Scarsdale, NY 10583.

The schedule for the day will be

10:45 Meet at Group Tour desk for admission tags and sign in
11:00 Clothing in Egypt – Phyllis Saretta

Cloth and garments in ancient Egypt were considered to be one of the most important components of a person’s life. Clothing was not only functional, but was symbolic of a person’s social position. Cloth was highly valued and appeared as a major feature in the list of tomb offerings. Cosmetics, jewelry and other accoutrements were not only ornamental, but were believed to have magical properties attached to them as well.

This tour would examine transitions in ancient Egyptian fashion from the severe to the frivolous. Objects and images include shirts, dresses, sandals, mirrors, kohl tubes, razors, jewelry, wigs, and hair ornaments from the collection of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum.

12:15 Lunch on own

1:15   The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East

For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 250), yet across the region life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Local cultural and religious traditions flourished, and sculptures, wall paintings, jewelry, and other objects reveal how ancient identities were expressed through art. Featuring 190 works from museums in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, this exhibition follows a journey along the great incense and silk routes that connected cities in southwestern Arabia, Nabataea, Judaea, Syria, and Mesopotamia, making the region a center of global trade. Several of the archaeological sites featured, including Palmyra, Dura-Europos, and Hatra, have been damaged in recent years by deliberate destruction and looting, and the exhibition also examines these events and responses to them.

2:15 Introduction to Assyrian Archaeology (Ancient Near East Gallery) – Peter Feinman

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