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Cabinet T: Shelf 3

Native American Art

Spanning many centuries, the objects displayed here represent works from a broad range of native cultures, including the indigenous peoples of South America, the Pueblos of Mexico and Southwestern United States, and the Inuit of the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada and Greenland. Originally created for utilitarian or ceremonial use, many of these works reflect the lives and values of the people who made them.

The native cultures of both North and South America held a deep respect for the land and the creatures that inhabit it. The choice of material reflected what was most readily available to the artist—ivory, antler, bone, clay and stone—and common motifs included animals, human and mythological figures, hunting scenes and geometric patterns. The art of the Inuit evolved over hundreds of years from small carvings and amulets to larger more sophisticated sculptures and often featured images of walruses, seals, fishing scenes and human figures (often of a mother and child) that were rounded and bulky-looking from wearing numerous layers of clothing. Living in the harsh Artic climate required stamina, strength and a strong spiritual connection with nature, which allowed the Inuit to live harmoniously within their environment. Images of birds, human figures and bold geometric designs were common among the artworks of other Native American cultures. The strong use of pattern seen on many of the ceramic vessels displayed here was distilled from the artists’ perceptions of their surroundings and often took the form of stylized feathers or waves, or the geometric shapes found in textiles.

A nearly cylindrical, dark gray and brown earthenware pot, with somewhat larger diameter at top than bottom and small, knob-like handles on either side near the top. Decorated wtih a line of small circular indentations around the upper portion, in line with the handles. Coarse linear imprints cover the entirety of the pot.
Diné (Navajo)
Navajo Gray Ware Cooking Pot
earthenware
5 15/16 in x 8 11/16 in x 7 1/2 in (15.08 cm x 22.07 cm x 19.05 cm)
Gift of Estelle Titiev, from the collection of Mischa Titiev
Peruvian
Vase
pottery
8 7/16 in x 2 in (21.4 cm x 5 cm)
Gift of Charles and Alice Gibson
Peruvian
Bowl
pottery with polychrome decoration
4 1/2 in (11.4 cm)
Gift of Rudolf and Mary Arnheim
Peruvian
Vessel with two warriors
fired ceramic with polychrome
5 13/16 in x 4 15/16 in (14.8 cm x 12.6 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Artist Unknown - South American
Bird Shaped Whistle
stone?
2 3/8 in x 2 in x 2 15/16 in (6 cm x 5 cm x 7.5 cm)
Gift of Toshiko Ogita in memory of Tomoo Ogita
Terracotta bottle with a bulbous belly and a long cylindrical neck. Black ash firing finish on entire bottle with ethched geometric design on belly.
Caddo; Mississippian
Ceremonial Tall Necked Bottle
black ash firing finish on terracotta
6 1/8 in x 4 1/4 in (15.56 cm x 10.8 cm)
Museum Purchase
Mexican; Zapotec
Seated figure
ceramic
7 1/16 in x 4 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in (17.94 cm x 12.38 cm x 11.43 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
Costa Rican
Portrait Head
stone
5 1/2 in. x 5 13/16 in. x 6 11/16 in. ( 14 cm x 14.8 cm x 17 cm )
Gift of Mary and Millard Pryor
Vicús; Peruvian
Vessel in shape of long beaked sea bird
fired clay with clay slip
4 3/4 in x 4 15/16 in (12 cm x 12.6 cm)
Museum Purchase
Peruvian
Stirrup handle vessel with geometric design
fired ceramic with mineral pigments
7 15/16 in x 5 3/4 in (20.1 cm x 14.6 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Bulbous bowl in dark and light browns on the outside, black interior. Patterns of scrolls, circles, and dots around the exterior.
Caddo; Mississippian
Ceremonial Hodges Engraved Style Bowl
terracotta with black ash firing finish and etched design
3 15/16 in (10 cm)
Museum Purchase
This mug-sized vessel has a bulbous body, a narrower tall neck, and handle. It is beige with black painted geometric and striped design.
Pueblo
Red Mesa Black-on-White Bird Effigy Vessel
mineral paint on earthenware
3 11/16 in x 2 1/2 in x 3 11/16 in (9.37 cm x 6.35 cm x 9.37 cm)
Gift of Estelle Titiev, from the collection of Mischa Titiev

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Cabinet D: Shelf 3
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet E: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 3 
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 1
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 2
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 1
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 2
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet M: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet N: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet Q: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 1
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 2
<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 3
<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 1
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 2
<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 1
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 2
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 2
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 3
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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