Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
Clay sources in some parts of Arizona allowed potters to add red, yellow, and cream colors to their design palettes. Motifs became less geometric and linear, and more representative of regional animals and plants. Potters also depicted scenes, such as the hunter and antelope on this Sikyatki bowl, that provide clues about daily and spiritual life.
3 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (9.5 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1903, Gift of Father Anselm Weber
This is a round bowl with a creme colored background. The design on the exterior is three sets of zig zag lines in black. The interior has an orange colored, oval bodied antelope with two black legs and a black head. A long spear runs through the hindquarters of the antelope. The antelope faces the opposite end from a black, crouching hunter figure, holding a bow and arrow.
Hopi Pueblo. Sikyatki Bowl, 1400-1625. Ceramic, slip, 3 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (9.5 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Gift of Father Anselm Weber, 03.325.4328. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.325.4328.jpg)
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Can you tell me about the 1903 museum expedition where this was collected? Did Brooklyn Museum do digs in pueblos or how did they acquire these?
Stewart Culin, an ethnographer and curator for the Brooklyn Museum, traveled to the Southwest and purchased many objects while there.
At time time, there were already some regulations on the purchase and excavation of Native American objects, both imposed by the United States Government (if the object was found on federal land) and through tribal authorities. Culin noted that objects of major significance were not for sale.
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