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Object Monday: San Isidro Labrador

Posted on: Monday, August 2, 2021 - 8:30am

San Isidro Labrador (MMA 94.141.1)

San Isidro Labrador (MMA 94.141.1)

This carving in aspen wood depicts the figure San Isidro Labrador on a wooden base behind a plow with two oxen. He iholds a wooden bucket with leather straps draped over his right arm. The figure is unpainted. It was made by the carver George Lopez (1900-1993) of Cordova, New Mexico.

San Isidro Labrador (sometimes spelled Ysidro) is the Catholic patron saint of farmers. The original... read more

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Tree of Life Weaving by Margaret Bochinclozy

Tree of Life Weaving by Margaret Bochinclozy (MMA 63.34.172)

Object Monday: Tree of Life Weaving by Margaret Bochinclozy

Posted on: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 3:15pm

This pictorial weaving was made by Diné weaver Margaret Bochinclozy in 1962. The rug depicts a tree of life motif, surrounded by a border of animals, a rainbow, and stars. A light green corn stalk-like tree climbs up the center of the textile on... read more

Hamper. Salish, artist unknown (MMA 60.27.28)

Hamper. British Columbia, artist unknown (MMA 60.27.28)

Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Exhibitions: To Make Things Beautiful

Posted on: Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 6:30am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Here, we look back at some of them.

To Make Things Beautiful: Plateau Native... read more

Wide Ruins weaving (MMA 69.67.35)

Wide Ruins weaving by Emma K. Joe (MMA 69.67.35)

Object Monday: Wide Ruins Weaving

Posted on: Monday, July 12, 2021 - 9:00am

Emma K. Joe wove this rug in the 1960s. The Wide Ruins style is characterized by complex and detailed weaving techniques that create bold and large designs. Wide Ruins weavings are generally made with vegetal-dyed, fine handspun wool yarn in... read more

Squash Blossom Necklace (MMA 77.49.66)

Squash blossom necklace by A:shiwi (Zuni) artist Josephine Buqua (MMA 77.49.66)

Object Monday: Squash Blossom Necklace

Posted on: Monday, July 5, 2021 - 12:30pm

This silver and turquoise necklace is known as a “Squash Blossom Necklace,” an iconic style of jewelry made by Native American artisans in the US Southwest. This piece features fourteen silver “squash blossom” beads, each set with four oval... read more

Pendant, Vidal Aragon (MMA 73.15.3)

Pendant, Vidal Aragon (MMA 73.15.3)

Object Monday: Vidal Aragon necklace

Posted on: Monday, June 28, 2021 - 9:45am

This necklace was made by Kewa artist Vidal Aragon (1923-2015). It features a round silver pendant with one oval turquoise stone and five different kinds of animal tracks.

Vidal... read more