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Jackier Prize 2017 Display Case

April-August, 2017

The Eleanor & Lawrence Jackier Collection and Essay Prize

Over the past 30 years, Eleanor and Lawrence (class of ’64) Jackier have acquired an impressive collection of archaeological artifacts representing the ethnically diverse populations of ancient Israel/Palestine. Spanning a period of 2,500 years, from the Bronze Age to late antiquity, the Jackier Collection includes items large and small, made from ceramic, metal, and glass, which together exemplify almost every aspect of life in the ancient world—commerce, war, beauty, politics, agriculture, domestic life, death, and religion.

In 2014, the Jackiers loaned 30 objects for use in Prof. Yaron Eliav’s undergraduate course, “The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages,” offered by the Department of Near Eastern Studies. With the aid of a Transforming Learning for the Third Century grant from the U-M Office of the Provost, a suite of teaching tools was developed to enable students to carry out first-hand research on these objects. Following a very successful essay competition at the end of the Winter 2014 semester, the Jackiers agreed to endow the Jackier Prize competition in perpetuity and to open it up to all interested undergraduates at the University of Michigan.

This year, 42 students entered the competition, each writing essays comparing one object either from the Jackier Collection or from the Kelsey Museum Collections with one object either on display in the Museum’s galleries. The top five essays were chosen for the current exhibition, which the students produced together with Scott Meier, Kelsey Museum Exhibition Designer. 

Objects on Display (Left to Right)

1. Short Spouted Vessel

  • Ceramic, Bronze Age, Mediterranean, Jackier Collection, IL 2013.10.11
  • Essay by Amanda Talaski (opens in a new window)

2, 3. Bent-Tang Spearhead, Arrowhead 

  • Bronze, Bronze Age, Mediterranean, Jackier Collection, IL 2013.10.21, IL 2013.10.25
  • Essay by Joshua Burg (opens in a new window)

4. Incantation Bowl

  • Ceramic, Byzantine, Iraq, Jackier Collection, IL 2013.10.23
  • Essay by Ryan LaRose (opens in a new window)

5. Female Pillar Figurine

  • Ceramic, Iron Age, Southern Levant, Jackier Collection, IL 2013.10.14
  • Essay by Logan Light (opens in a new window)

6. Double-headed Figurine

  • Terracotta, Bronze Age, Northern Levant, Jackier Collection, IL 2013.10.09
  • Essays by Logan Light and Anna Billiard (open in a new window)

7. Magic Mirror

  • Ceramic, Byzantine, Southern Levant, Jackier Collection, IL 2013.10.03
  • Essay by Ryan LaRose (opens in a new window)