BODY ART: MARKS OF IDENTITY

 
AMBER EARPLUG
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.0/ 6350
Culture: KACHIN
Country: MYANMAR
Material: AMBER
Dimensions: L:1.5 D:8 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1935 [GIFT]
Donor: VERNAY, ARTHUR S.
Collector: RAVEN, H. C. AND VERNAY, A. S.
Keywords: EARPLUG
Category: COSTUME
 
APRON
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70 / 195
Culture: AINU
Locale: HOKKAIDO (YEZZO)
Country: JAPAN
Material: PLANT FIBER (NETTLE), CLOTH, THREAD
Dimensions: L:60 W:36 (in CM)
Technique: EMBRODERY, APPLIQUÉ
Acquisition Year: 1898 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: LAUFER, BERTHOLD
Keywords: APRON
Categories: COSTUME, TEXTILE
 
ARMLET
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.1/ 9391
Locale: EQUATORIAL
Country: ZAIRE?
Material: IVORY, COATING
Dimensions: H:5.1 D:9.6 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1951 [GIFT]
Donor: MANSLIP
Keywords: ARMLET
Category: COSTUME
 
AWL
SOUTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 40.1/ 5527
Culture: SHAVANTE
Locale: MATO GROSSO, PIMENTEL BARBOSA RESERVATION
Country: BRAZIL
Date: 1960s-1970s
Material: BONE (JAGUAR)
Dimensions: L:12.25 W:1.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1992 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: WILLIAMSON, LAILA
Keywords: AWL
 
BAG
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.2/ 6481
Locale: BOU SAADA
Country: ALGERIA
Material: HIDE, PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:8 W:7.6 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1973 [GIFT]
Donor: DERSCH, JOHN, MRS.
Collector: BERTHA SMALLEY
Keywords: BAG
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BAG, PAINTED
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 50.2/ 2709
Culture: PLAINS
Material: HIDE (RAWHIDE), PIGMENT, BEADS, SINEW
Dimensions: L:31 W:30 H:4 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1926 [GIFT]
Donor: OGILVIE, GLADYS
Keywords: BAG
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BAMBOO CONTAINER WITH CARVED LID, DECORA
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 980 AB
Locale: BORNEO
Material: BAMBOO, WOOD, PLANT FIBER, CORD
Dimensions: A) L:16.5 D:5 B) L:7 D:5.3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1951 [PURCHASE]
Donor: VAN LIER
Keywords: BAMBOO CONTAINER, BAMBOO CONTAINER LID
 
BANDOLIER BAG
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 50 / 5286
Culture: OJIBWA, NORTHERN
Material: CLOTH (VELVET, WOOL TWILL, COTTON PRINT), BEADS (GLASS), THREAD (LINEN, COTTON), YARN (WOOL)
Dimensions: OVERALL) L:101 W:28.5 (in CM)
Technique: BEAD WEAVING, BEADWORK EMBROIDERY
Acquisition Year: 1904 [GIFT]
Donor: DEMING, E.W.
Keywords: BANDOLIER BAG
Categories: CONTAINERS, TEXTILE

This object was also exhibited at:
• FROM THE FOUR QUARTERS: THE HISTORY OF NATIVE & EUROPEAN ART (ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO, ONT, CANADA, February 1984 - June 1984)
 
BARK CLOTH
PACIFIC ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.1/ 7045
Culture: MARQUESAN
Locale: MARQUESAS ISLANDS
Country: FRENCH POLYNESIA (FRANCE)
Date: Late 20th Century A.D.
Material: BARK CLOTH (BANYAN), PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:78.7 W:47 (in CM)
Technique: PAINTED
Acquisition Year: 1999 [PURCHASE]
Donor: IVORY, CAROL S.
Artist: HINA TIAHO
Keywords: BARKCLOTH

Exhibition Label: Painted bark cloth. Banyan innerbark, paint. 1999. The tattooed warrior image today appears in local advertising brochures and guide books, on T-shirts and on contemporary barkcloth paintings, such as this one by Marquesan artist Hina Tiaho.
 
BASKET
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.1/ 8032
Locale: BORNEO, KAMPONG MENTAI, S. TAPPIN
Material: BAMBOO ?, PLANT FIBER, PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:16 W:16 H:35.5 MOUTH) D:34 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1927 [EXCHANGE]
Donor: UNIVERSITETS ET
Keywords: BASKET
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BASKET WITH STRAP, DECORATED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.1/ 8134
Culture: DYAK, SIANG AND MURUNG
Locale: BORNEO
Material: PLANT FIBER, RATTAN, PIGMENT, CLOTH, METAL
Dimensions: D:30 H:29 STRAP) L:74 W:2.2 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1930 [GIFT]
Donor: ALL-AMERICAN MOHAWK MALAYSIAN EXPEDITION
Collector: SEELMANN, THEODORE
Keywords: BASKET
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BASKET, CYLINDRICAL, PLAITED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 2807
Culture: IBAN
Locale: BORNEO, SARAWAK, NIAH RIVER
Country: MALAYSIA
Material: CANE, BAMBOO, PIGMENT
Dimensions: D:29.7 H:32 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1959 [PURCHASE]
Donor: SOLHEIM II, W. J.
Keywords: BASKET
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BASKET, PLAITED, DECORATED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 406
Locale: BORNEO ?
Material: PLANT FIBER, PIGMENT ?, CLOTH, BEADS, METAL (BELLS), THREAD, YARN
Dimensions: L:10.5 W:9.5 H:11.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1946 [GIFT]
Donor: IVINS, WILLIAM M., JR., MRS.
Collector: WYNAM, WALTER C., MR.
Keywords: BASKET
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BASKETRY HAT, DECORATED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.1/ 8050
Locale: BORNEO, KAMPONG TEWANG RAKAN
Material: PLANT FIBER (CANE ?, PALM LEAF), PIGMENT, THREAD, BUTTON, HAIR, CORD
Dimensions: D:60 H:13 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1927 [EXCHANGE]
Donor: UNIVERSITETS ET
Keywords: HAT
Category: COSTUME
 
BELL, REPRESENTS MONKEY HEAD
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30 /11526
Locale: OAXACA, SAN PABLO HUITZO
Country: MEXICO
Period: LATE POSTCLASSIC, circa A.D. 1200 - 1520
Material: METAL (GOLD)
Dimensions: H:2.5 L:1.7 W:1.3 (in CM)
Subject: MONKEY
Acquisition Year: 1902 [GIFT]
Donor: LOUBAT, DUKE OF
Keywords: BELL
Category: SOUND DEVICES

This object was also exhibited at:
• GOLD (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, August 2006)
• THE AZTEC EMPIRE (SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK, NY, October 2004 - February 2005)
 
BOOMERANG
PACIFIC ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.1/ 5058
Locale: WESTERN AUSTRALIA, KALUMBURU
Region: AUSTRALIA
Country: AUSTRALIA
Date: Late 20th Century A.D.
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:55.8 W:9 H:2.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1966 [GIFT]
Donor: AMNH, DEPARTMENT OF MAMMALOGY
Collector: BUTLER, HARRY
Keywords: BOOMERANG
Category: WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION

Exhibition Label: Boomerang. Wood, pigment. 1960s–1970s. Among most Aboriginal groups, boomerangs were used for hunting. They were also used as rhythm sticks for songs and dances. The designs on this boomerang resemble body painting patterns and colors.
 
BOWL
PACIFIC ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.0/ 9324
Locale: MARQUESAS ISLANDS
Region: POLYNESIA
Country: FRENCH POLYNESIA (FRANCE)
Date: Early 20th Century A.D.
Material: WOOD, PLANT FIBER
Dimensions: D:16.5 H:6.5 (in CM)
Technique: CARVED
Acquisition Year: 1939 [GIFT]
Donor: FAHNESTOCK
Keywords: BOWL
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Bowl. Wood. 19th century. In the late 19th century, Marquesans began to carve wooden objects for sale to outsiders. The surfaces of bowls and other objects were covered with low-relief designs based on tattoos.

This object was also exhibited at:
• ADORNING THE WORLD: ART OF THE MARQUESAS ISLANDS (THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK, NY, May 2005 - January 2006)
 
BOWL EFFIGY, HUNCHBACK, CHACO WARE
NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 29.1/ 3209
Locale: NM, SAN JUAN COUNTY, AZTEC
Regions: BASIN, PLAINS, SOUTHWEST
Material: CLAY, PIGMENT, SLIP
Dimensions: L:15.5 W:19 H:20.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1919 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: MORRIS, EARL H.
Keywords: BOWL
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Vessel in form of a hunchback. Ceramic. Ancestral Pueblo. A.D. 1100-1300. This figure bears markings across the torso and the upper arm that may represent either tattoos or body paint. While body painting and tattooing were widespread among native North American peoples when they were first encountered by Europeans, little is known about these practices in ancient times. This figure comes from Aztec Ruin, an outlying village of the Chaco Canyon complex in northern New Mexico. The people there, ancestral to Pueblo people living today in the southwestern United States, raised corn and other crops and built multiple-dwelling structures. Aztec Ruin also includes 8 kivas, or ceremonial chambers. This figure was found in the courtyard of a kiva, suggesting that it may have been used in religious ceremonies.
 
BOWL FOR PAINT
SOUTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 40.0/ 5108
Culture: WAIWAI
Country: BRITISH GUIANA
Material: GOURD, PIGMENT
Dimensions: H:6 D:5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1939 [GIFT]
Donor: HOLDEN, W.H., DR.
Keywords: PAINT BOWL
Categories: CONTAINERS, EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Container. Gourd. Waiwai (Brazil). 20th century. This container is used to hold oil, to be mixed with urucú powder to make red paint.
 
BOWL WITH COVER
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 17 / 168 AB
Culture: YORUBA?
Country: NIGERIA
Material: GOURD
Dimensions: A) H:15.8 D:29 B) H:12 D:28.4 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1869-1890
Keywords: BOWL, BOWL COVER
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Bowl with lid. Gourd. Early 19th century. The container represents the Yorùbá cosmos, divided into aye, the visible world of the living, and orun the invisible world of gods, ancestors and spirits. Incised motifs, resembling those of body scarification, combine geometric patterns, animal images and man-made objects, including a divination board.
 
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