A Visual Record of Artifacts from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

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A Visual Record of Artifacts from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, is now available on color microfiche. It provides art teachers with an exceptional resource of images from many cultures heretofore ignored or poorly represented in art curricula. This new color microfiche collection provides the first access to extensive holdings of the Peabody Museum. It shows 600 items carefully selected to reflect the museum's concentration on Native American as well as Pre-Columbian, African, Asian, Oceanian and European cultures. Some of the museum's most valuable artifacts were collected by scholars before the turn of the century, when anthropology was first emerging as a discipline devoted to interpreting culture.

Among the exciting artifacts shown are treasures from the Lewis and Clark collection, such as the Plains hunting shirt with quill ornamentation that one of the explorers wore during the expedition; the famous stone head of a Maize God from the Mayan ruins at Copan; a four-foot feathered headdress made by the Yanana people of Surinam and Brazil; a graceful wooden bowl carved by a Blackfoot artist; a late sixteenth-century cast brass relief plaque from Benin; and a rare helmet mask from the Semale Bundo Society of the Gola of Liberia. …