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Middle Eastern Oil Lamp

oil lampAlthough we do not know its specific place of origin, this oil lamp is a typical product of the Late Antique eastern Mediterranean or Middle East.  It dates to between the 4th and 7th century ...

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Mporo Necklace

Mporo necklace
This necklace was made by the Samburu people who live in north central Kenya, just above the equator.  The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists, moving frequently to allow their livestock to ...

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Philippine Betel Nut Box

Philippine Betel Nut Box
For people in South and Southeast Asia and Oceania, chewing betel nut is a tradition dating back thousands of years.  What is referred to as betel nut is actually a piece of nut from the areca ...

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Mithila Krishna Painting

Mithila Krishna Painting
Women in the Mithila region of southeastern Nepal and northeastern India have painted in a distinct style for centuries.  Created with a variety of tools and natural dyes and pigments, the ...

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San Ostrich Egg Canteen

ostrich egg canteen
The San people of southern Africa have lived in the region of the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years.  Formerly called “Bushmen,” a label that is now recognized as both racist and ...

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Lobi Ceremonial Pot

Lobi pot
The Lobi people live primarily in southwest Burkina Faso in West Africa.  They migrated to the region from present day Ghana around 1770.  Although the Lobi make many types of ceramics, the ...

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Ye'kuana Basket

Ye'kuana basket
The Ye’kuana (also referred to as Makiritare) are an indigenous group living in the tropical forest of the Orinoco Basin in southern Venezuela and a small part of northern Brazil.  Although ...

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Asaro Mud Mask

Asaro Mud Mask
This mask was made by Asaro villagers in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.  Known today as holosa, which literally translates to ghosts, this type of mask is an early example ...

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Inuit Dog Sled Model

Inuit dog sled model
This dog sled model was made by a Labrador Inuit craftsman more than 100 years ago.  During the winter, dog sleds were the primary means of transportation across land or ice for the Labrador ...

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Acoma Ceramic Turkey

Acoma Ceramic Turkey
This ceramic turkey figure is from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, which is recognized as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America.  The old Pueblo is called Sky City because ...

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