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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.

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

Tanga (plaster cast) (MMA 42.1.1)

Tanga: plaster cast from the National Museum of Brazo; (MMA 42.1.1)

Object Monday: Marajoara Tanga

Posted on: Monday, September 13, 2021

This plaster replica of a tanga,or woman’s pubic cover, was donated to the Maxwell Museum in 1942 by Heloisa Alberto Torres, Director of the National Museum of Brazil from 1937 to 1955. Alberto Torres is known for her archaeological research on... read more

Nuchu (MMA 2017.34.83)

Nuchu (MMA 2017.34.83)

Object Monday: Guna Nuchu

Posted on: Monday, September 6, 2021

Created by master carvers, Nuchukana (plural; singular nuchu), small wooden human figures, are found in homes across the Guna territories of northeast coastal Panama. When not in use in curing ceremonies, the nuchukana help protect the household’... read more

Tunga Bark Container (MMA 2004.34.3)

Tunga bark container by Rhonda Kompoo (MMA 2004.34.3)

Object Monday: Tunga Bark Container

Posted on: Monday, August 16, 2021

This bark container (called a tunga), was made by Aboriginal Australian artist Rhondo Kompoo. It is made of folded eucalyptus bark and vegetal fiber, painted with natural pigments in yellow, black, red, and white.

Traditionally, Tiwi... read more

San Isidro Labrador (MMA 94.141.1)

San Isidro Labrador (MMA 94.141.1)

Object Monday: San Isidro Labrador

Posted on: Monday, August 2, 2021

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... read more

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