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BOWL, ORNAMENTED WITH FIGURES
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.3/ 5142
Culture: INDIAN
Country: INDIA
Material: METAL (BRONZE)
Dimensions: D:9 H:8.3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1989 [PURCHASE]
Donor: EILENBERG
Keywords: BOWL
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Ritual vessel. Copper alloy. Tamil Nadu, Southeast India. 1700s. This vessel would hold either holy water used to worship the god Shiva or the sacred ash that is collected and distributed during worship of him. It also bears symbols associated with Shiva: ginga (column-shaped images of Shiva), gandi (bulls), gaga (cobras), Ganesha (Shiva’s son), a trishula (trident) and the Sun and Moon.

This object was also exhibited at:
• MEETING GOD: ELEMENTS OF HINDU DEVOTION (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, September 2001 - February 2002)
 
BULL (FIGURINE)
ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 73.0/ 7091
Culture: EGYPTIAN, COPTIC
Material: METAL (BRONZE)
Dimensions: L:5.1 W:2.0 H:4.5 (EXC. BASE) ; L:5.1 W:2.3 H:5.8 (INC.) (in CM)
Subject: BULL
Acquisition Year: 1949 [GIFT]
Donor: KAHN, OTTO
Keywords: FIGURINE

Exhibition Label: Bull statue. Bronze. Babylonia (southern Iraq). 3200 – 2700 BC.
 
BUTTON, SEAL HEAD
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 1262
Culture: ESKIMO, WEST ALASKA
Locale: AK, PORT CLARENCE
Country: USA
Material: BONE/IVORY, BEADS?
Dimensions: L:4 W:3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1899 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: BRUCE, MINER W., CAPT.
Keywords: BUTTON

Exhibition Label: Seal head button. Walrus ivory. Port Clarence, Alaska, 1800s.
 
CARVING, BEAR
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 2423
Culture: ESKIMO, SOUTHAMPTON
Locale: SOUTHAMPTON ISLAND
Country: CANADA
Material: IVORY
Dimensions: L:6 W:2 H:2 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1899
Donor: COMER, GEORGE, CAPT.
Keywords: CARVING

Exhibition Label: Polar Bear carving. Walrus ivory. Southampton Island, Nunavut, Canada, 1800s.
 
CARVING, BIRD
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 5704
Culture: ESKIMO
Locale: HUDSON BAY
Country: CANADA
Material: IVORY? (HORN)
Dimensions: L:8 W:1.75 H:2 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1906 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: COMER, GEORGE, CAPT.
Keywords: CARVING

Exhibition Label: Waterfowl carving. Antler. Hudson Bay, Canada, 1800s.
 
CARVING, WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 4844
Culture: ESKIMO, IGLULIK, AIVILIK
Country: CANADA
Material: IVORY
Dimensions: L:15.6 W:4 H:3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1902 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: COMER, GEORGE, CAPT.
Keywords: FIGURINE

Exhibition Label: Whale carving Iglulik. Walrus ivory. Nunavut, Canada, 1800s.
 
CUNEIFORM TABLET
ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 73.0/ 1948
Locale: BABYLONIA (?)
Material: MINERAL (CLAY)
Dimensions: L:6.4 W:1.5 H:5.1 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1982
Keywords: CUNEIFORM TABLET

Exhibition Label: Cuneiform tablet. Ceramic. Ur, Sumer (southeastern Iraq). c. 2050 BC.
 
DUCK (FIGURINE)
ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 73.0/ 7068
Culture: BABYLONIAN
Period: BABYLONIAN
Material: METAL
Dimensions: L:3.2 W:1.1 H:3.5 (in CM)
Subject: DUCK
Acquisition Year: 1949 [GIFT]
Donor: KAHN, OTTO
Keywords: FIGURINE

Exhibition Label: Duck statue. Bronze. Babylonia (southern Iraq), Luristan (western Iran). 553 – 330 BC, 1000 – 650 BC.
 
ECONOMIC TABLET
ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 73 / 6282
Locale: SUMERIA
Period: 3RD DYNASTY OF UR
Material: MINERAL (CLAY)
Dimensions: L:5.4 W:2.1 H:5.1 (in CM)
Subject: SHEEP
Acquisition Year: 1928 [GIFT]
Donor: SEELYE
Keywords: CUNEIFORM TABLET

Exhibition Label: Cuneiform tablet. Ceramic. Ur, Sumer (southeastern Iraq). c. 2050 BC.
 
FIGURE, SEATED WITH LADLE
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 8050
Culture: INDIAN
Country: INDIA
Material: METAL (BRASS)
Dimensions: L:2.9 W:2.4 H:5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1970 [PURCHASE]
Donor: BOSE, JUDGE AND MRS. VIVIAN
Keywords: FIGURINE

Exhibition Label: Figure with uddharane (ritual spoon). Brass. India. Late 1900s. This figure of Annapurna, goddess of food, would be used in a household ritual. Annapurna is a form of Parvati, wife of Shiva; it was Shiva who allowed the Ganges to fall to Earth through his hair.
 
FUNERAL URN
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30 / 6334
Culture: ZAPOTEC
Locale: OAXACA, XOXOCOTLÁN
Country: MEXICO
Period: CLASSIC, circa A.D. 200 - 700
Material: CLAY
Dimensions: L:32 W:52.7 H:47.9 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1898 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: SAVILLE, MARSHALL H., PROF.
Keywords: FUNERAL URN
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Burial Urn representing Cocijo (lightning). With so little rainfall each year, Zapotec farmers spent plenty of time thinking about the weather. Clouds, rain and lightning were more than natural forces; they were worshipped like deities. This burial urn represents an ancestor wearing a mask of Cocijo, or lightning, the most powerful force in the Zapotec world. The ears of corn on either side of the headdress were cast from molds of real corn. Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, AD 200–700.
 
FUNERAL URN
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30 / 6335
Culture: ZAPOTEC
Locale: OAXACA, XOXOCOTLÁN
Country: MEXICO
Period: CLASSIC, circa A.D. 200 - 700
Material: CLAY
Acquisition Year: 1898 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: SAVILLE, MARSHALL H., PROF.
Keywords: FUNERAL URN
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Burial Urn representing Cocijo (lightning). With so little rainfall each year, Zapotec farmers spent plenty of time thinking about the weather. Clouds, rain and lightning were more than natural forces; they were worshipped like deities. This burial urn represents an ancestor wearing a mask of Cocijo, or lightning, the most powerful force in the Zapotec world. The ears of corn on either side of the headdress were cast from molds of real corn. Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, AD 200–700.
 
JAR
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 6799
Culture: INDIAN, RABARI
Locale: RANN OF KUTCH
Country: INDIA
Material: METAL (BRASS)
Dimensions: D:21.7 H:20.2 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1970 [PURCHASE]
Donor: BOSE, VIVIAN, MRS.
Keywords: JAR
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Water vessel. Brass. Indian, Rabari, 1900s.
 
OLLA
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30.0/ 98
Locale: DF/MEXICO, CAPOTITLAN
Country: MEXICO
Period: LATE POSTCLASSIC, circa A.D. 1200 - 1300
Material: CLAY
Dimensions: H:29 D:18.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1904 [PURCHASE]
Donor: BAUER, W., DR.
Keywords: OLLA
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Capotitlan water jar Mexico, AD 1200s.
 
SECTION OF POTTERY TUBE
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30 / 7106
Culture: ZAPOTEC
Locale: OAXACA, XOXOCOTLÁN
Country: MEXICO
Period: CLASSIC, circa A.D. 200 - 700
Material: CLAY
Dimensions: D:10.3 H:42.6 (in CM)
Technique: POTTERY
Acquisition Year: 1898 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: SAVILLE, MARSHALL H., PROF.
Keywords: POTTERY TUBE FRAGMENT

Exhibition Label: The ceramic water pipes as excavated in 1898 by archaeologists from the American Museum of Natural History. Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, AD 200–700.
 
SKIN WATER PAIL
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 4652
Culture: ESKIMO, NETSILIK
Locale: NETSILIK
Country: CANADA
Material: HIDE, SINEW, SKIN
Dimensions: L:21 W:15.5 H:23.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1902 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: COMER, GEORGE, CAPT.
Keywords: WATER PAIL
Categories: CONTAINERS, EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Netsilik water carrier. Hide, sinew, skin. Canada, Early 1900s.
 
SPOON, ORNAMENTED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 7952
Culture: INDIAN
Locale: SOUTH INDIA
Country: INDIA
Material: METAL (COPPER)
Dimensions: L:16 W:2.5 H:1.7 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1970 [PURCHASE]
Donor: BOSE, JUDGE AND MRS. VIVIAN
Keywords: SPOON
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Uddharane (ritual spoon). Copper. South India, Late 1900s. On the handle of this spoon (top) Lord Krishna plays his flute while a cow lies peacefully at his feet. A mask appears above the bowl.

This object was also exhibited at:
• MEETING GOD: ELEMENTS OF HINDU DEVOTION (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, September 2001 - February 2002)
 
SPOON, ORNAMENTED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.2/ 7955
Culture: INDIAN
Locale: BANGALORE
Country: INDIA
Date: Late 1900s C.E.
Material: METAL (BRASS)
Dimensions: L:15.2 W:3.5 H:1.8 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1970 [PURCHASE]
Donor: BOSE, JUDGE AND MRS. VIVIAN
Keywords: SPOON
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Uddharane (ritual spoon). Brass. Bangalore, India. Late 1900s. This decorative bronze spoon (bottom) with a cobra hood handle is used for ladling holy water onto the linga, a sacred symbolic image of the Hindu deity Shiva.

This object was also exhibited at:
• MEETING GOD: ELEMENTS OF HINDU DEVOTION (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, September 2001 - February 2002)
 
WATER CARRIER
PACIFIC ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.0/ 6739
Culture: ARAPESH, BEACH ARAPESH
Locale: NEW GUINEA, AITAPE DISTRICT
Region: MELANESIA
Country: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Date: Early 20th Century A.D.
Material: PLANT FIBER (PALM SHEATH)
Dimensions: L:41 W:32 H:21 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1933 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: MEAD, MARGARET, DR.
Keywords: WATER CARRIER
Categories: CONTAINERS, EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Arapesh water carrier. Plant fiber, palm sheath. New Guinea. 1930s. This vessel was collected by famed anthropologist Margaret Mead.
 
WATER JAR
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.1/ 2333
Culture: MANGBETU
Locale: MEDJE
Country: CONGO (BELGIAN CONGO)
Material: CERAMIC, PIGMENT
Dimensions: H:35 D:28 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1915 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: LANG, HERBERT
Keywords: WATER JAR
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Mangbetu water vessel. Ceramic, pigment. Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1900s.
 
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