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2017-2018 Jackier Prize Competition

What do I need to do to compete?

Write a 5-10 page essay on two related objects in the Kelsey Museum. One object must be selected from a group of 10 artifacts available for hands-on examination (see below) and the other must be selected from the Kelsey Museum’s permanent display. The essay should be based on a combination of close examination of the objects themselves and detailed research, with the goal of shedding light on (a) the actual objects, and (b) what they tell us about the ancient world.

Questions to be discussed may include:

  • When and where were these objects made?
  • Who made them, and how were they produced?
  • Who were they made for, and how were they used?
  • What do they tell us about the lives – gender, age, ethnicity, social standing – of their producers and consumers?
  • What can we learn from the histories of these objects themselves, such as objects originally made for a practical purpose — lamps, for example — but later used as grave offerings?
  • How were the objects discovered, and in what circumstances did they come to the Kelsey Museum?

Finally, (c) make sure to compare the two objects you discuss with each other, highlighting both similarities and differences. Please use this worksheet to help guide your examination.  

What are the 10 objects?

Please select one object linked here to be the focus of your essay. Then fill out this form to schedule your appointment with the Kelsey Museum to go behind the scenes to examine the object in person.

In addition to images of the objects, there is also a selection of recommended bibliography for each object to help you to start thinking about the object. You do not need to limit your research to just these references, but they will give you some good background information on your object. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA AS A REFERENCE. ALL ESSAYS REFERENCING WIKIPEDIA WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.

In preparation for your visit to the Kelsey Museum, please read the following information.

Egyptian Sculpture

Greek Kotyle

Incantation Bowl
Roman Period Lamp

Red Slip Spouted Pot

Bull Figurine
Islamic Period Water Filter

Ossuary

Bronze Axe

Roman Amphora

What displayed objects should I use? 

As part of the essay you will also need to compare your selected object with one on display at the Kelsey Museum.  Please feel free to use any of the objects on display, but keep in mind that objects in the special exhibition will not be available after the exhibition closes. Please check with the Museum for the closing date of any special exhibition. 

Essay guidelines

Essays should be 5-10 pages in length (double spaced with 1 inch margins and Times New Roman 12 point font).

On the first page of the essay, please provide pictures of the two items discussed in the essay, the title of the essay, and your name and email address.

References should be cited using a standard citation system (such as Chicago or MLA). You must use reputable sources. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA AS A REFERENCE. ALL ESSAYS REFERENCING WIKIPEDIA WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED. 

Ready to submit your essay? 

Essays can be submitted at any time up until January 26, 2018 at 5 PM. Submit your essay via email to Jackier.Prize2018@umich.edu. On the first page of the essay, please provide pictures of the two items discussed in the essay, the title of the essay, and your name and email address. You will receive an email confirming that the essay was successfully submitted.

Essays will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of one member of the Kelsey Museum staff, and two professors from departments related to the Kelsey Museum. Up to five winners will be selected and contacted in February 2018. They will be invited to assist in creating an exhibition of the objects they wrote about and will be awarded the Jackier Prize in a ceremony in early April 2018.

Questions?  Concerns?  

Please contact the Kelsey Museum Educational and Academic Outreach Coordinator, Cathy Person (cperson@umich.edu).

 

Good Luck!