Monthly Archives: July 2012

Yoruba Sculpture from Nigeria [Object of the Day #26]

Yoruba Sculpture

This wooden sculpture from Nigeria depicts two African men carrying a European man wearing a pith helmet in a palanquin. Read more about the depiction of Europeans in Yoruba art in the Expedition magazine article The Pink People by David Crownover. Penn Museum Object #75-31-1. See this and other objects like it in the Penn […]

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Bangongo Mask from the Congo [Object of the Day #25]

Mask

This mask face was made by the Bangongo people of the Belgian Congo. It is decorated with geometric designs and two metal studs between eyes. The hairline is decorated with blue and white beads and cowrie shells. Dark colored cloth used on top of mask as hair. Cowrie shells are attached in 15 rows. Woven […]

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Gisan Painting from Korea [Object of the Day #24]

Gisan Painting

    This watercolor was done by the artist Chun-gŭn Kim (artist name: Gisan) in 1886 in Choryang, Korea.  It illustrates one of the many games played in Korea during the 1800s. Two country girls, about eighteen years of age, in traditional Korean attire can be seen practicing choo-cheon or swinging. Gisan beautifully renders their billowing skirts and […]

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Mystery in the Stacks: A discovery is made in the Museum Archives

What do the world’s best mystery author and the Penn Museum have in common? A lot more than you’d think. Agatha Christie’s books are famous as being some of the most thrilling novels ever.  Readers through the generations have relished her whodunits. We sit on the edge of our seats as Poirot twiddles his mustache […]

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Pachacamac Survey Project: Textile Update

Time is quickly passing, but we are making great strides and accomplishments in the IMLS grant-funded Pachacamac Survey Project!  This one-year grant covers a detailed condition assessment, photography and rehousing of the archeological textiles and ceramics affiliated with Max Uhle’s 1896 excavation in Pachacamac, Peru.  All these steps (and a few more) are going on […]

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7,000 Year-old Wine Jar [Object of the Day #23]

7,000 Year-old Wine Jar

The practice of wine-making or viniculture can be traced back to the Neolithic period, 7,000 years ago when the first Eurasian grape vines were domesticated for this purpose. This “Wine Jar” was found at Hasanlu in Hajji Firuz, Iran. It has been reconstructed from multiple fragments. The jar is one of a series of jars […]

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Greek Grave Stela [Object of the Day #22]

Greek Grave Stela

The design of this Greek grave relief is common for the Classical period of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. All three figures are dressed in typical Classical Greek costume: the seated woman wears a chiton* with a mantle or himation* while the men wear only a himation. The woman is older, a matron, as […]

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Films Shared Back

Back in the 1980s when video cameras became ubiquitous they slowly made their way around the world, and we started to get videos from indigenous communities in Brazil, such as the  Videos in the Villages collective, and productions from native Alaskan people such as KYUK tv. It is an eye opener for audiences to see […]

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Ethiopian Coptic Crosses [Object of the Day #21]

cross

Saint Mark brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century CE. Christianity spread throughout Egypt within half a century of Saint Mark’s arrival, and by 400 CE, Christianity flourished in both Egypt and Ethiopia. These early Christians became known as Copts, from the Greek name for Egyptians, […]

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Maya Vase from Chama, Guatemala [Object of the Day #21]

Chama Pot

This Maya polychrome ceramic ware from Chama, Guatemala was made around the 8th century CE. This pot is decorated with pictoral designs painted in several tints of red-orange and sepia on cream slip, red and black lines with typical Chama chevron band at top and bottom. Seven human figures in ceremony are accompanied by two […]

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