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Solomon Islands Shell Plaques

barava plaques
The Solomon Islands are located east of New Guinea and consists of 6 larger islands and more than 900 smaller islands. These shell plaques, known as barava, are from Choiseul Island in the ...

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Bamana Water Container

Bamana water container
The Bamana people are the largest ethnic group in the country of Mali with a population of about 2 million people.  They are part of the Mande culture, and they have lived in the savannah in ...

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Hopi Ogre Woman Kachina

Ogre woman kachinaThe Hopi live on more than 1.5 million acres of reservation land in northeastern Arizona.  They are known for many art forms, including the carving of kachina dolls or figures.  These carvings ...

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Peruvian Roof Ornament

Peruvian roof ornament
This ceramic roof ornament in the form of a church is from the small town of Quinua in central Peru. Quinua is known for its pottery, with ceramics providing the largest source of income for ...

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Cassowary Bone Dagger

Cassowary Bone Dagger
This bone dagger is from Kuttim Village in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. At just under 11.5” long, it is on the small side, with most bone daggers ranging from 13” to 16” ...

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Japanese Hanafuda Cards

hanafuda cards

These playing cards, called hanafuda, are from Japan.  The Portuguese first introduced playing cards to Japan in the mid-16th century.  However, European cards were banned along with many ...

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Kuba Hat

kuba hat
This hat is from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  After the completion of initiation rites, many Kuba men wear a simple cap on the crown of their head known as a laket. ...

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Chupícuaro Tripod Bowl

tripod bowl
Chupícuaro is a late Pre-Classic archaeological culture located in west central Mexico.  It is best known for its bold polychrome ceramics like this tripod bowl, which dates to between 300 BCE ...

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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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