The Museum of Anthropology will feature Recent Additions to the Collection through August 25, 2012. The exhibit focuses on some of the amazing objects donated to the Museum in the last two years including artifacts from sixteen different donors.
The Museum received donations of two large collections during this time period, selections from which are on display. In late 2011, the Museum received 99 pieces from the Salgo Trust for Education. Nicholas Salgo, Ambassador to Hungary and Ambassador-at-Large during the Reagan Administration, collected saddle rugs, horse covers, and saddles from areas along the Silk Road stretching from China to Turkey. The objects are primarily from the 19th and early 20th centuries. In early 2012, Wake Forest alumnus Timothy Lam (‘60) donated his collection of over 500 Chinese ceramics made during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907). The collection contains bowls, ewers, cups, teapots, small toys, and other pieces representing the largest and most comprehensive group of ceramics from the Changsha kilns in the United States.
Other highlights of the exhibit include the following: objects of personal adornment from Papua New Guinea intricately decorated with shell beads from the MAW Collection; selections from the more than 275 votive sculptures from Canindé, Brazil, donated by James L. Lankton; and, several Nigerian objects from the Stanley Bohrer Collection including cast brass figures.
The exhibit currently occupies two of the Museum’s galleries. After August 25, the gallery featuring objects from the Salgo and Lam collections will be taken down as the Museum staff prepares permanent exhibits that will focus on these collections. The remainder of the exhibit, which features a wide variety of objects from around the world, will remain on display through December 14.