Index of Medieval Art

Index Spotlight Series: Tinney Mak

This blog post is the eighth in a series focusing on members of the Index staff. Today we introduce our student worker Tinney Mak.

What year are you in your Princeton education? What are some of your favorite courses or subjects?

I’m a junior right now studying computer science. Some of my favorite classes that I’ve taken are “Everyday Writing in Medieval Egypt” and one where I learned how to read hieroglyphics (fulfilled my childhood dream).

A woman, wearing a dark shirt with the orange number 2025, seated sideways on an oxidized bronze statue of a tiger in front of a brick building with windows and ivy growing up the walls.
Tinney Mak ’25 sitting on one of Tigers by Alexander Phimister Proctor in front of Nassau Hall on the campus of Princeton University.

What do you do at the Index?

I mostly deal with tagging subjects on works of art to make sure that people doing research have an easier time finding the materials they want.

Aside from your experience at the Index, what was the most interesting job or internship you have had?

The most interesting internship I’ve had was last summer where I spent eight weeks in Malaysia analyzing a diabetes dataset. I learned a lot from the people I worked with and also really enjoyed exploring the country.

What have you learned about medieval art since working for the Index? Has anything surprised you or does anything stand out as extraordinary or curious about medieval art?

Since working for the Index, I’ve been continually impressed by the amount of skill and knowledge it must take to decipher what’s going on in a piece of art, especially since objects often get extremely worn down through time. It’s always interesting learning about the vast number of different work of art types that I didn’t even know existed (current favorite: croziers!).

Do you have a favorite work of art or favorite place you’ve visited?

My favorite place that I’ve visited is probably Budapest. I remember taking the ferry down the Danube and being in awe of the Liberty Monument on the hill.

What’s your favorite building or spot to sit on campus?

The Mathey common room because of the comfy couches, high ceilings, and occasional piano playing.

Coffee or tea?

Tea! Specifically, a nice cup of Earl Grey.