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Archives Photo of the Week: Penn Relays

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By: Eric Schnittke

April 24th marks the start of the 2014 Penn Relays. For those unfamiliar, the Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field event in the United States. The event is held annually at Franklin Field, which is directly across from the Penn Museum. The archives is one of the wings closest to the field, […]

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Art from the Archives: Northwest Coast and Inuit Prints and Drawings

Tim Paul
Silkscreen print on whitewove paper, 1993
Collected by Ruben Reina, Museum Expedition, 1994
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By: Leanna Kolonauski

Stowed away in the Archives of the Penn Museum is an extremely interesting collection.  Prints of bold patterned scenes, affectionate polar bears swimming in the sea, and downright unusual images make up the collection of art made by indigenous people of the Northwest Coast.  This summer, as an intern in the archives, I had the […]

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Sculpture of Female Attendants [Object of the Day- #75]

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By: Gabrielle Niu

These two statues are from Northern Thailand (19th Century). The one of the right, kneeling with her hands folded in front of her chest, represents a female attendant to the Buddha. To her left is a male attendant. He sits with one hand on his knee and the other holding a staff. Both pieces are […]

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Statuette from Liao Dynasty [Object of the Day #63]

Statuette from the Liao Dynasty

By: Ashley Harper

This gilt bronze statuette is a representation of the compassionate and venerated Guanyin, a popular figure in eastern Buddhism. The figure’s graceful stance and relaxed expression give the statue a sense of peace. In her hands, she holds a lotus bud while over her forehead, at the base of the high crown headdress, is a tiny […]

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African Sculpture from Mali [Object of the Day #59]

African Sculpture

By: Ashley Harper

This sculpture displays a woman seated on stool with child. It is made of wood and iron. A child appears bent across the woman’s body, head and feet as well as resting in her arms. The woman’s stool is supported by eight figures, most likely her ancestors, around a central column.  She is, perhaps the Mother […]

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Did you say something?

By: Maureen Callahan

Surely these two guys and a gal have something to say.  Create dialogue for them in the comments section — the most clever (by our standards) will win a prize from the archives. Be sure to leave an email address so that we can let you claim your winnings.

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Processing the Satterthwaite Caracol Collection

By: Alison Miner

Earlier this week I spent some time working on the collections of Linton Satterthwaite relating to the archaeological investigations in Caracol, Belize. The expeditions, in 1951 and 1953, were primarily focused on the salvage and documentation of stelae, the large carved monuments erected by the ancient Maya to commemorate rulers or historic events. They recovered […]

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Intimate Moments in the Archives

By: Maureen Callahan

This week’s FFIOW is an image by Jotham Johnson, a classical archaeologist and later the president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and was taken at the site of Minturnae, in Italy. The woman in this photograph is Agnes K. Lake, a scholar of Roman religion, and member of the faculty at Bryn Mawr College. […]

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Magic in the Ancient World

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