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Gullah Bible

Gullah Bible
The Gullah are members of African American communities that developed a unique culture and language in the Atlantic coastal region stretching between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL.  The ...

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Mauryan Goddess Figure

Mauryan Goddess figure
This small goddess figure was produced in Mathura in north-central India during the period of the Maurya Empire (322 – 185 BCE).  At that time, the city was an important economic, religious, ...

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Mexican Ceramic House

School of Medrano Ceramic House
This brightly colored ceramic piece is from Santa Cruz de las Huertas, just outside of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Jalisco is known as one of the largest pottery-producing ...

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Kuna Healing Doll

Kuna healing dollThe Kuna people live predominantly on the San Blas Islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama with a population of approximately 50,000.  The Kuna believe that sickness and disease are caused by ...

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Swahili Khanga Cloth

Khanga Cloth
Khanga (also spelled kanga) cloths are brightly printed rectangular cotton textiles that are very popular in East Africa.  Khangas measure approximately 45” by 65” and are distinguished by ...

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Papua New Guinea Figure

Papua New Guinea Wood FigureThis wooden figure is from the lower Ramu River area in the Lower Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.  An area of remarkable linguistic and cultural diversity, roughly 200 groups speaking distinct ...

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Majiayao Basin

Basin
The archaeological remains of the Neolithic Majiayao culture were discovered in northwestern China in the early 20th century.  While more than 2000 sites have been identified, less than 3% of ...

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Kiowa Strike-a-light Case

Kiowa Strike-a-light case
Among the last of the Plains tribes to surrender to the U.S. Cavalry, the Kiowa have shared an Oklahoma reservation with the Comanche since 1868.  A member of the Kiowa tribe made this ...

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Day of the Dead Plate

Day of the Dead plate
This ceramic plate was made by artisan Fidel Avalos Espinosa in the Mexican state of Michoacán.  Avalos works in the town of Capula, a noted center for ceramic arts. He is particularly known ...

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Tongan Barkcloth

Tongan BarkclothBarkcloth from the Pacific island nation of Tonga, which is known tapa, is made of the pounded inner bark of the Paper Mulberry tree. Raw material is taken from young trees, dried and soaked, and ...

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