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With more than two million objects in the Maxwell Museum collections, there a lot of stories to tell.  Learn some of them here.

Owl Effigy Jar (MMA 2017.20.3)

Mata Ortiz owl effigy jar by Sabino Villalba

Object Monday: Mata Ortiz Owl Effigy Jar

Posted on: Monday, January 17, 2022

This effigy jar was crafted by renowned potter Sabino Villalba from the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. The polychrome owl effigy, inspired by archaeological ceramics from the nearby site of Paquimé (Casas Grandes; ca. AD 1130-1450),... read more

Basket, Agnes Welch (MMA 88.65.91)

Planter Basket by Agnes Welch (MMA 88.65.91)

Object Monday: Agnes Welch Basket

Posted on: Monday, January 10, 2022

This 18 centimeter (7 inch) high basket, described as a planter container, was woven by Cherokee basket weaver Agnes Lossie Welch (1925-1997). She crafted it in white oak and walnut, with a design of plain plaiting of dark brown and orange dyed... read more

Ketoh (bow guard) MMA 76.88.1

Ketoh (bow guard) MMA 76.88.1

Object Monday: Navajo Ketoh

Posted on: Monday, December 13, 2021

This ketoh, or Navajo arm (or bow) guard, by an unknown artist is made of leather with an attached silver band or plaque. The bent rectangular plaque is adorned with four leaf-shaped motifs (perhaps signifying the four sacred directions), and two... read more

Seed Jar by Virginia Gutierrez (MMA 96.34.64)

Seed Jar by Virginia Gutierrez (MMA 96.34.64)

Object Monday: Virginia Gutierrez Seed JAr

Posted on: Monday, December 6, 2021

This ceramic seed jar was crafted by potter Virginia Gutierrez of Nanbé Owingeh (Pueblo of Nambé) and P’osuwaege Owingeh (Pueblo of Pojoaque). It is painted in red, brown, gold, blue and cream colors with intricate symbolic designs, featuring... read more

Coushatta Turkey Basket (MMA 78.33.2)

Coushatta Turkey Basket (MMA 78.33.2)

Object Monday: Coushatta Turkey Basket

Posted on: Monday, November 22, 2021

This turkey-shaped container is made of coiled pine needles, raffia, and pine cone. Made by an unknown artist of the Coushatta people of the Southeastern United States, the pine needles are bundled together and coiled to form the overall shape.... read more

MMA 99.106.7

MMA 99.106.7

Object Monday: Striped pictorial Navajo weaving

Posted on: Monday, November 15, 2021

This rug features six broad red bands each holding four striped lizards (possibly skinks), depicted in black with yellow eyes and white stripes running from the head to the tip of the tail.  Pairs of lizards face the central axis of the weaving... read more

Gwen Setalla canteen (MMA 2017.29.1)

Object Monday: Ceramic Canteen by Gwen Setalla

Posted on: Monday, November 1, 2021

This polychrome ceramic canteen was made by Hopi artist Gwen Sharon Setalla in summer 2017 as part of the Chaco Heritage Project. Gwen Setalla is a potter from the village of Mishongnovi on Second Mesa in the Hopi Reservation of Arizona, and a... read more

Eye dazzler weaving

Eye dazzler (MMA 63.34.125)

Object Monday: Eye Dazzler weaving

Posted on: Monday, October 25, 2021

Eye Dazzler weavings are known for their bright colors and intricate designs. The availability of brightly colored aniline dyed wool yarns from commercial mills in Germantown, Pennsylvania in the late 19th century introduced a new suite of colors... read more

Storm pattern weaving (MMA 85.49.9)

Storm pattern weaving (MMA 85.49.9)

Object Monday: Storm Pattern weaving by Rose Keith

Posted on: Monday, October 11, 2021

This Storm Pattern (171 x 111.5 cm) weaving by Diné weaver Rose Keith won the blue ribbon at the 1979 New Mexico State Fair.  The storm pattern is believed to have originated in the western part of the reservation and in 1903, a storm pattern rug... read more

Shipibo Kënpo  (MMA 80.46.1)

Shipibo Kënpo  (MMA 80.46.1)

Object Monday: Shipibo Kënpo

Posted on: Monday, October 4, 2021

The Shipibo (or Shipibo-Conibo) people live along the Ucayali River in southeastern Peru in the upper reaches of the Amazon. Shipibo women are renowned for their finely decorated textiles and ceramics. These are ornamented with designs known as... read more

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