Japanese Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi are carved wooden dolls known for their slender bodies, round heads, and lack of limbs.  They first became popular in northern Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868), when they were ...

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MOA Fertility Figures Pair with Reynolda House Exhibition

The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibit, Mother Goddess: Fertility Figures of the Ancient Mediterranean is presented in conjunction with Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage, on exhibit at ...

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New Year, New Exhibits

In the first two months of 2018, the Museum of Anthropology will open four new exhibits.  We are very excited about this opportunity to discuss new topics, showcase student research, and display ...

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MOA to Open New Permanent Exhibit

Stories of Humanity
Anthropology is the study of humans.  It is a big topic, including everything from basic biology to complex cultures.  The topic is so vast that anthropologists specialize in one of four ...

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Chinese Spirit Money

Spirit money, also known as ghost money, is a form of joss paper, an offering used in traditional Chinese ancestor worship.  The burning of spirit money is the last ritual performed by a family ...

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