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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.

Pictorial Weaving by Atsuma Blackhorse

Object Monday: Pictorial Weaving by Atsuma Blackhorse

Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2021

This pictorial rug by Atsuma Blackhorse has a gray background with the central motif of a stylized Mimbres rabbit and a stylized Hopi (Sikyatki-style) bird, likely an eagle. There is a maroon border with grey and black geometric double hooks and... read more

Object Monday: Kuaua Vessel

Posted on: Monday, January 4, 2021

This tall jar is utility ware vessel. As the name implies, this jar was used for everyday activities such as holding water, cooking, or other domestic uses at Kuaua Pueblo located north of Albuquerque at the Coronado Historic Site.

Utility... read more

Santa Clara Nativity Scene by Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez

Object Monday: Santa Clara Pueblo Nativity Scene by Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez

Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2020

This blackware ceramic “Nacimiento” or nativity scene was made by Santa Clara potters Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez around 1975. It includes angels, animals, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. A small wooden manger, made in... read more

Ellen and Angie Smith weavings

Object Monday: Pine Spring Weavings by Ellen and Angie Smith

Posted on: Monday, December 7, 2020

These two rugs were woven by Ellen Smith (left), a master weaver, and her granddaughter Angie Smith (right), who was age 14 at the time. They were both entered in the 1961 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial, where Ellen won a special award and Angie... read more

Khipu detail. MMA 2000.6.1

Khipu detail. MMA 2000.6.1

Object Monday: Inka khipu

Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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