The exercise asks you to keep the camera in a fixed position (on a tripod) and aimed horizontally at the subject. I decided initially to use this patinated tankard and place it on a some shoeboxes on a table to get the right level, covered by a towel. I used a plain wool blanket hung over the window to create a bright plan back ground.
After doing the required number of shots I thought the tankard wasn’t showing the effects of moving the lighting well enough as it was too smooth. So I repeated the exercise with a wooden snuff box, placed at a slight angle to the camera:-
Of all the shots above I think the second (shot from the left and level) is the most effective. It brings out the detail but provides sufficient shadows to show the depth of the carving on the box and thus give a 3d effect to the image.