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

Khipu detail. MMA 2000.6.1

Khipu detail. MMA 2000.6.1

Object Monday: Inka khipu

Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 7:00am

From the early 1400s until the 1530s AD, the Inka ruled one of the world’s most extensive empires, Tawantinsuyu, the “Land of the Four Corners.” At its maximal extent, Inka territories extended some 2500 miles north-south along... read more

Coushatta Turkey basket 76.33.2

Coushatta turkey basket (MMA 76.33.2)

Object Monday: Coushatta Turkey Basket

Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2020 - 5:45am

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

Object Monday: Kʾúutìimʾé (Cochiti) Storyteller

Object Monday: Kʾúutìimʾé (Cochiti) Storyteller

Object Monday: Kʾúutìimʾé (Cochiti Pueblo) Storyteller

Posted on: Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:00am

This storyteller figurine by Dorothy Trujillo (1932-1999) shows a seated male figure wearing a squash blossom necklace and holding five children in his arms. One of the children is holding a ball. The adult figure has closed eyes and an open... read more

Cuneiform tablet from the reign of Rim-Sin I of Larsa. 67.134.2

Cuneiform tablet from the reign of Rim-Sin I of Larsa. 67.134.2

Object Monday: Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablet of Rim-Sin I

Posted on: Monday, November 9, 2020 - 9:45am

One of the hallmarks of the state – ancient or modern – is bureaucracy.  State administrators keep records of land, economic production, people, expenditures, and taxes. In ancient Mesopotamia, writing systems are believed to... read more

Picuris Pueblo Micaceous Bowl

Picuris Pueblo Micaceous Bowl

Object Monday: Picuris Pueblo Micaceous Bowl

Posted on: Monday, November 2, 2020 - 8:15am

This small ceramic bowl was created by Picuris Pueblo potter Anthony Durand in 1976. The bowl has a golden shine to it due to the mica found in clay deposits in Northern New Mexico... read more

A polychrome olla by mother and son potters Josephine and Randy Nahohai of Zuni Pueblo, ca. 1986.

A polychrome olla by mother and son potters Josephine and Randy Nahohai of Zuni Pueblo, ca. 1986.

Object Monday: Zuni Olla

Posted on: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

By: Lauren Fuka

Catalog #: 87.48.20Culture: A:shiwi (Zuni Pueblo, Zuñi)Artist: Josephine Nahohai and Randy NahohaiOrigin: Zuni Pueblo, New MexicoDate: ca. 1986Collection: Ethnology

This polychrome jar was made by Zuni potter... read more