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Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Exhibitions: Turning Leaves

Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00am

Image of an infant from the Uyeda family, early 20th c (Miruyama/Uyeda photo album)

Infant from the Uyeda family resting on a Navajo rug, Gallup, New Mexico, early 20th c (Miruyama/Uyeda photo album)


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. In recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this month we feature Maxwell Museum exhibitions that looked at AAPIA communities and contributions to the New Mexico and the world.

The 1985 exhibition... read more

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Lulu and El Castillo

Lulu and El Castillo

Education Tuesday: Telling time at the Maya Pyramid of El Castillo

Posted on: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00am

Did you know there is a pyramid in Mexico that can tell time? This video models how the light and shadow effect on the pyramid El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Mexico tracks time-the spring equinox and the agricultural planting season during zenith... read more

Detail of Kangling horn MMA 68.59.91

Detail of the makara head on the bell of Tibetan Buddhist kangling (MMA 68.59.91)

Object Monday: Tibetan Kangling horn

Posted on: Monday, May 3, 2021 - 6:15am

During Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, we feature objects from Asia and the Pacific n the Maxwell's collections.

This brass and silver horn or trumpet, known as a kangling or rkang‐gling, was made in India for the Tibetan... read more

Huipil (MMA 2007.74.1)

Huipil, San Tomas Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Holzapfel Collection (MMA 2007.74.1)


Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Museum Exhibitions: Weavers of the Jade Needle

Posted on: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00am

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.

The 1976 Maxwell Museum exhibition Weavers... read more

Dogoszhi-style Mancos Black-on-white bowl, no. 120 (Wallace Ruin)

Dogoszhi-style Mancos Black-on-white bowl from Wallace Ruin (5MT6970), Vessel 120. Photo courtesy of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.


Research Wednesday: Design variation on Mancos Black-on-white pottery

Posted on: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 6:15am

The Mancos Black-on-white pottery type is an enduring enigma in the central Mesa Verde region. It was produced from roughly A.D. 920–1180 and includes a wide range in variation in design and technology. During its production period, nearly... read more

Robert Tenorio Bowl (MMA 96.34.33)

Polychrome bowl by Robert Tenorio of Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo), ca. 1978.



Object Monday: Polychrome bowl by Robert Tenorio

Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:00am

This polychrome decorated ceramic bowl in the shape of a basket has an arched handle and two pouring spouts. It is decorated with geometric, floral, and animal designs on a white slip background, creating  a striking contrast to the bowl’s red... read more