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Chinese Changsha Ware Bowl

Chansha Ware Bowl
This bowl is an example of Changsha Ware from the Tongguan Kilns near the city of Changsha in modern-day Hunan Province, China.  Changsha Ware is a durable watertight type of pottery known as ...

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Baule Wooden Door

Baule Wooden DoorThis wooden door from the Ivory Coast was made by the Baule people in the mid-20th century.  Known as anuan, such doors are carved with a variety of motifs as decorative embellishments for both ...

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Dog Tooth Necklace

Dog Tooth Necklace

In pre-colonial Papua New Guinea, animal teeth, like the dog teeth in this necklace, were used as an exchange medium.  They were also used for aesthetic adornment, similar to gold or gems in ...

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Taino Bat Zemi

Taino Bat Zemi

The Taino are indigenous people of the Caribbean and the first Native group to encounter Columbus.  For the Taino, the term zemi can refer to a deity or ancestral spirit as well as the object ...

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Adinkra Cloth

Adinkra Cloth

The Akan people of Ghana often decorate their textiles, like this cloth, with Adinkra symbols.  These symbols have been used for centuries to express different aesthetic themes such as ...

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Mexican La Catrina Figure

La CatrinaLa Catrina is a skeletal woman who portrays a maid dressed in her mistress’s fancy clothes for a night out.  Illustrator José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) created La Catrina to remind people ...

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Buddhist Divination Text

Thai Divination Text
This Buddhist divination text is from Thailand and is likely at least 100 years old.  Written in Old Thai, the text describes the six realms of existence in the Samsara, or cycle of rebirth, ...

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Lakota Sioux Moccasins


Moccasins are the typical footwear for Plains Indians, such as the Lakota Sioux, as well as other Native groups across the United States.  Hard moccasins, like this child’s pair, originated ...

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Australian Bullroarer

This artifact, commonly known as a bullroarer, is part of the Museum’s education collection, used to teach students of all ages.  Bullroarers are one of the earliest artifacts that can be ...

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West Mexican Bowl

West Mexican Ceramic Bowl
This bowl is from the West Mexican Shaft Tomb culture, which thrived during the Pre-Classic period (2000 BCE – 250 CE) in an area centered around the present-day Mexican states of Jalisco and ...

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