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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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Isis Figure

This bronze Egyptian figurine represents Isis, goddess of life and fertility, nursing her son Horus, the divine ancestor of the pharaohs.  It dates to the Late Dynastic Period, roughly 700 to ...

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Luba Headrest

Luba Headrest
This headrest is from the Luba people, a Bantu-speaking group who live in south central Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Headrests are popular throughout Central Africa as well as in other ...

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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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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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Ethiopian Coptic Icon


This rare Ethiopian Coptic icon features images of important saints carved into stone.  Icons like this one, also known as prayer boxes, are used for devotional purposes, often as offerings on ...

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Mexican Papel Picado

Mexican Papel PicadoPapel picado is a traditional Mexican folk art of colorful tissue paper cut with intricate designs.  Artists string the individual papers to form banners that are used for a number of holidays ...

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Zuni Fetish

This small carving, known as a fetish, came from the native people of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. The bear is a depiction of a Zuni animal god, which, in fetish form, holds the spirit of the ...

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Bedouin Rug

This Bedouin rug was purchased in Amman, the capital of Jordan, but made in the ancient town of Madaba. Bedouin weavers make many items suited to a mobile life including rugs, pillows, and other ...

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