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Asaro Mud Mask

Asaro Mud Mask
This mask was made by Asaro villagers in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.  Known today as holosa, which literally translates to ghosts, this type of mask is an early example ...

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Inuit Dog Sled Model

Inuit dog sled model
This dog sled model was made by a Labrador Inuit craftsman more than 100 years ago.  During the winter, dog sleds were the primary means of transportation across land or ice for the Labrador ...

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Acoma Ceramic Turkey

Acoma Ceramic Turkey
This ceramic turkey figure is from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, which is recognized as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America.  The old Pueblo is called Sky City because ...

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Remojadas Bat Whistle

Remojadas bat whistle
This ceramic whistle is from the Remojadas culture and dates to between 250 to 900 CE.  Remojadas was part of the larger Classic Veracruz culture that flourished in the along the gulf coast in ...

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Katanga Cross

katanga crosses
These copper crosses are named after the Katanga region, a rich copper mining area in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are also known as handa. The crosses have equal arms and ...

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Mandau Sword

mandau sword
This elaborate ceremonial sword is from the Kayan people of Borneo.  With a population of roughly 27,000, the Kayan are one of approximately 200 indigenous groups that live in the island’s ...

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Dogon Mask

Kanaga mask
This type of mask, known as kanaga, is created by the Dogon people of Mali in Western Africa.  The masks are used in funerary rituals called dama, which allow the souls of the deceased to leave ...

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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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