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Cabinet U: 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.

Peter Tooki
Man at Seal Hole
stone
10 ¼ in x 3 7/16 in x 5 9/16 in (26.04 cm x 8.73 cm x 14.13 cm);10 ¼ in x 3 7/16 in x 5 9/16 in (26.04 cm x 8.73 cm x 14.13 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power
Eskimo
Walrus
stone
4 11/16 x 7 1/8 x 13 9/16 in. (11.8 x 18 x 34.3 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power
Inuit
Mother and Child
stone
5 3/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. x 5 3/16 in. ( 13.7 cm x 10.8 cm x 13.2 cm )
Gift of Eskimo Art, Inc., through Mr. Eugene B. Power (Trustee)
Eskimo
Toggle in the form of a Walrus
ivory-bone
1 13/16 x 11/16 x 11/16 in. (4.5 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm)
Museum Purchase
Eskimo
Toggle
ivory-bone
1/2 x 9/16 x 1 1/2 in. (1.2 x 1.3 x 3.8 cm)
Gift of Denise Miner Stanford
Peruvian
Lime Stick with Bird
bone
3 1/2 in x 1/2 in (8.9 cm x 1.3 cm)
Gift of Ms. Bettina Schwimmer
Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw; Eskimo
Spoon with Carved Handle
carved mountain goat horn
6 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 1 11/16 in. (17 x 6 x 4.2 cm)
Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Horace M. Miner
Eskimo
Man Standing
stone
11 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 3 7/16 in. (29.2 x 20 x 8.6 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power
Eskimo
Walrus
stone
12 4/5 in x 6 ⅞ in x 5 ⅞ in (32.54 cm x 17.46 cm x 14.92 cm);12 ⅞ in x 6 ⅞ in x 5 ⅞ in (32.7 cm x 17.46 cm x 14.92 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power

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Cabinet A: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet A: Shelf 2
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Cabinet A: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet B: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet B: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet B: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet C: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet C: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

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

Cabinet D: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet D: Shelf 2
<p>Inkwells </p>

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

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

Cabinet E: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

Cabinet E: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

Cabinet F: Shelf 1
<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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