We have a surprise winner in the Ugly Object of 2018 contest! (If we’re being honest, any one of them would have been a surprise.) The bust of Serapis has won by a landslide, having received almost double the votes of any other object. Tied for second place are the sprang fragment and the box of dirt.
Congratulations, you beautiful, ugly, wonderful things. We love you all, winners and not-winners.
That’s right, friends. Arriving fashionably late, it’s the high-stakes competition for 2018’s Ugly Object of the Year. Vote once, vote twice, voting three times is thrice as nice. The polls close on March 15, so do your research and pick your fav!
Many thanks to everyone who submitted their vote for their favorite “Ugly Object” of 2017. The winner this year is … drum roll please … the fragmented but fabulous mudbrick!! Stay tuned for more Ugly Objects from the Kelsey.
We’re getting off to a rather late start with the Ugly Object this month — I was so excited about voting for 2016’s Ugly of Object the Year* that I almost forgot to pick an inaugural object for 2017!
Well, better late than never, folks, because this one is a winner. It’s a slingshot pellet and man, is it ugly. No need to elaborate on how ugly, because I think it’s pretty obvious. You can see it on view at the Kelsey starting next month as part of the exhibition The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance.
This little beauty is featured in a part of the exhibition that discusses medicine for the Roman army. Back in the day, this is the kind of thing that might end up embedded in your body after combat (and then have to be extracted by a surgeon). Ugh!