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Part of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Date: 2nd century B.C.–A.D. 1st centuryAccession Number: 1991.228.1
Date: 4th–5th centuryAccession Number: 1981.358.1
Date: ca. 1885Accession Number: 2011.154.37
Date: 19th centuryAccession Number: 1979.206.1104
Date: 1820–50Accession Number: 1979.206.518
Date: 3000–2000 B.C.Accession Number: 2011.154.15
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This gallery exhibits works that range in date from several millennia B.C.E., such as the beautifully shaped stone tools known as bannerstones, to 1970s-era tobacco bags.
The objects illustrate a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, artistic styles, and functional purposes, and they come from equally diverse areas on the North American continent—wood sculpture from the North Pacific Coast, ivory carvings from the Arctic, and works of animal hide from the Great Plains, for example. A large Northwest Coast whale mask, which would have been transformed by the manipulations of the wearer into a moving, swimming leviathan, dominates this space.
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