Skip to content Skip to navigation



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

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

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

Turtle figurine by Frances P. Torivio

Turtle figurine by Frances P. Torivio

Object Monday: Turtle Figurine by Frances P. Torivio

Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 6:00am

This ceramic figurine of a small turtle mounted on the back of a larger turtle is decorated with black-on-white geometric motifs was made by Frances P. Torivio (1905-2001) of Acoma Pueblo.

Frances (also named Sra-Ma-Tyai or Singing Child)... read more

Klagetoh weaving by Esther Billie

Klagetoh weaving by Esther Billie (MMA 64.84.2)

Object Monday: Klagetoh Weaving by Esther Billie

Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2021 - 6:30am

This Klagetoh Diné (Navajo) rug was woven by Esther Billie between 1920 and 1940. Klagetoh is a regional style named after Klagetoh, Arizona.

Klagetoh rugs are related to the popular Ganado style, and both are from the Hubbell Revival... read more

Ceramic duck figurine

Ceramic duck figurine by Rowena Him

Object Monday: Duck Figurine by Rowena Him

Posted on: Monday, April 5, 2021 - 8:45am

This polychrome duck effigy vessel was created by Rowena Him of Zuni (A:shiwi) Pueblo in the 1980s. It was displayed at the 1984 Maxwell Museum exhibition "From the Center Place: Contemporary Zuni Pottery and Its Makers."

The Zuni peoples... read more

Bracelet (MMA 89.43.1)

Bracelet by Archie Apachito (MMA 89.43.1)

Object Monday: Silver Bracelet by Archie Apachito

Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2021 - 6:00am

This impressive sterling silver bracelet was created by Diné artisan Archie Apachito ca. 1980 using inset turquoise from Los Cerillos, New Mexico. While Navajo peoples have used turquoise and silver for many decades, silver working was not a part... read more

Gallup Black-on-white jar (MMA 47.11.20)

Gallup Black-on-white jar (MMA 47.11.20)

Object Monday: Gallup black-on-white jar

Posted on: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:00am

This Gallup Black-on-white jar excavated was from the fill of room 3 at Bc59, a small site located on the south side of Chaco Canyon, in July of 1947. Gallup Black-on-white vessels were made for approximately 170 years, from 980 to 1150 A.D. They... read more

Cocoon-shaped jar  (MMA 2012.91.60)

Cocoon-shaped jar, China, Han Dynasty 221 BC-220 AD (MMA 2012.91.60)

Object Monday: Han Dynasty cocoon-shaped jar

Posted on: Monday, March 15, 2021 - 6:30am

This painted earthenware likely was a funerary offering in a Han Dynasty tomb, one of a suite of goods that accompanied the deceased into the afterlife. The vessel rests on a raised foot ring and its narrow neck suggest it was meant to held... read more

Samoan Tapa Cloth (MMA 83.13.1)

Samoan Tapa Cloth (83.13.1)

Object Monday: Samoan Tapa Cloth

Posted on: Monday, March 8, 2021 - 6:00am

This tapa cloth, likely made from paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) bark, was gifted to donor Ira L. Kessler by a Samoan chief in 1943. The cloth’s age is evident by its tattered and fraying edges. The front side of the cloth has a design... read more

Ribboned hat (MMA 2018.23.76)

Ribboned hat (lixton pixolal),  San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico (MMA 2018.23.76)

Object Monday: Ceremonial Hat from Chiapas

Posted on: Monday, March 1, 2021 - 6:00am

This man’s hat, with a flat brim adorned with red and green ribbons and a red tassel on top, is from the township of San Juan Chamula in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is made from palm fiber, most likely Sabal mexicana, a fan palm species that... read more