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Medium: Shell (98)
Medium: Shell (98)
Shell with Seated Noble
Mexico or Central America, Maya style
1965.550CCCC0
Backrest of a Litter
Central Andes, North Coast, Chimú people, Late Intermediate Period
1952.233CCCC0
Ornament with Figure
Central Andes, Wari style
1944.291CCCC0
Clock
André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642-1732) and 1 other
1967.153CCCC0
Conch Shell with a Figure of Hevajra
Cambodia, Khmer, Angkor Period, 12th-13th Century
1977.176CCCC0
Seated Ruler
North Syria, possibly the area of Ebla, 2000-1700 BC
1969.37CCCC0
The Hunt
China, late Warring States period (475-221 BC) to Western Han dynasty
1957.141CCCC0
The Kill
China, late Warring States period (475-221 BC) to Western Han dynasty
1957.139CCCC0
Howling Wolf
Southern Siberia, 5th-3rd Century BC
1986.26CCCC0
Cup with Four Faces
Central Andes, Wari people
2019.169CCCC0
M’hamid
Sheila Hicks (American, b. 1934)
1992.358©
Calvary
Germany, Middle Rhine?, 15th century
1968.240CCCC0
Offering Group: Large Shell
Mexico, Guerrero(?), San Jerónimo de Juárez, Xochicalco style
1990.252.2CCCC0
Offering Group: Small Shell
Mexico, Guerrero(?), San Jerónimo de Juárez, Xochicalco style
1990.252.3CCCC0
Bird Ornament
North coast of Peru, Cupisnique Style, 9th-6th Century BC
1946.230CCCC0
Cameo of Zeus and Hera Enthroned
Italy, Roman, style of 2nd Century
1966.131CCCC0
Cabinet
André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642-1732)
1949.539CCCC0
Shell with Inlaid Feline
Peru, South Coast, Nasca style
1950.567CCCC0
Pair of Ear Ornaments
Mexico or Central America, Maya, 7th-10th century
1948.16CCCC0
Ear Ornament
Mexico or Central America, Maya, 7th-10th century
1948.16.1CCCC0
Ear Ornament
Mexico or Central America, Maya, 7th-10th century
1948.16.2CCCC0
Spatula with Carved Lizard
Peru, Nasca style
1955.83CCCC0
Frog Ornament
Peru, Moche, 1st-9th Century
1955.178CCCC0
Folding Fan: Mythological Scene with Diana
Italy, Rome(?), 18th century
1916.364CCCC0
Spatula with Carved Head
Peru, Wari style
1955.57CCCC0
Box
Italy, Naples (?), 18th century
1969.297CCCC0
Snuff Container
Africa, Southern Africa, South Africa, Northern Nguni-style maker
2010.201CCCC0
Bracelet
Central Panama, (Sitio Conte?), Conte Style, 5th century
1951.154CCCC0
Conch Shell Set in Silver
Tibet, 19th century
1919.571CCCC0
Souvenir of Seville
Charles Conder (British, 1868-1909)
1962.398CCCC0
Treasure Box (Wakahuia)
Polynesia, New Zealand, Maori people, 19th century
1961.405CCCC0
Ladle
Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
1953.386CCCC0
Necklace of Insect(?) Beads
Colombia, Malagana region, 4th century BC - 4th century AD
1948.476CCCC0
Small Sword
Germany, Passau (?), 17th century
1916.1099CCCC0
Fishing Canoe Prow
Polynesia, New Zealand, Maori people, 19th century
1967.231CCCC0
Figure-and-Birds Pendant
Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region, 4th-8th Century
1953.368CCCC0
Necklace
Mexico, Oaxaca, Mixtec, 13th-16th century
1945.123CCCC0
Round Box
France, 18th century
1988.48CCCC0
Round Box
France, 18th century
1988.48.aCCCC0
Lid for a Round Box
France, 18th century
1988.48.bCCCC0
Puberty Basket
California, Pomo, late 19th century
1917.501CCCC0
Hook Figure
Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, central Sepik River region, Arambak People, 20th century
1963.553©
Fan
France, 18th-19th century
1916.331CCCC0
Doctor's Basket, Canoe- shaped
California, Pomo, 19th century
1917.480CCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.aCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.bCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.cCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.dCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.eCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.fCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.gCCCC0
Stag Plaque
Western Asia, Scythian, 5th-4th Century BC
1985.77CCCC0
The Wood Gatherers
John William North (British, 1842-1924)
2013.239CCCC0
Conical Bowl
China, Jiangxi province, Ji'an, Southern Song dynasty
1989.274CCCC0
Fighting Knife
Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
1916.719CCCC0
Sewing Box with Implements (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157CCCC0
Sewing Box with Implements (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.aCCCC0
Drawer from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.bCCCC0
Tatting Bobbin from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.cCCCC0
Bobbin from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.dCCCC0
Lucet from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.eCCCC0
Needle Case from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.fCCCC0
Pen Knife from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.gCCCC0
Paper Knife from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.hCCCC0
Note tablet from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.iCCCC0
Scissors from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.jCCCC0
Pencil from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.kCCCC0
Thimble from a Sewing Box (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157.lCCCC0
Opium Pipe
China, Qing dynasty
1947.590CCCC0
Fishermen Plate
China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng reign
2021.146CCCC0
Fighting Knife
Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
1916.720CCCC0
Snuff Box
Switzerland, early 19th century
1916.354CCCC0
Dance staff for Èṣù (Ògò Èlẹ́gba)
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá-style maker
2018.34CCCC0
Small Sword
hilt: Holland; blade: Spain, 17th century
1916.1100CCCC0
Snuff Box
Continental, early 19th century
1916.607CCCC0
Pair of Earrings
probably Malacian or South Sea Islands
1916.435CCCC0
Earring
probably Malacian or South Sea Islands
1916.435.aCCCC0
Earring
probably Malacian or South Sea Islands
1916.435.bCCCC0
Scabbard
Korea, Joseon dynasty
1995.246.bCCCC0
Ear Cleaner
China
1916.409CCCC0
Snuff Box
France, 18th or 19th century
1916.605©
Snuff Box
after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)
1916.356.aCCCC0
Spoon with Detachable Pick
Italy, Venice, 16th century
1987.144CCCC0
Spoon
Italy, Venice, 16th century
1987.144.aCCCC0
Detatchable Finial (Pick?) in Form of a Dragon's Head
Italy, Venice, 16th century
1987.144.bCCCC0
Madonna and Child in Glory
Isaac Oliver (French, c. 1565-1617)
2011.2CCCC0
Set of Dressing Implements
Potter Studios (American)
1984.28©
Comb
Potter Studios (American)
1984.28.4©
Rattle Staff (ukhuhre)
Nigeria, Benin Kingdom, Ẹdo peoples, member(s) of the Igbesanmwan (wood and ivory carvers) guild
1998.85CCCC0
Male Figure (Nkisi)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cabinda, or Republic of the Congo, probably Vili-style maker
2010.433CCCC0
Headdress (chi wara)
Mali, Bamana blacksmith
1965.325CCCC0
Royal Belt (yet)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuba Kingdom, Kuba maker
1994.87CCCC0
Decorative Panel
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) to Meiji period
1977.1024CCCC0
Hat (Kalyeem)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba artist
1998.29CCCC0
Snuff Box with a Portrait of a Lady
Pierre Louis Bouvier (Swiss, 1765-1836)
2008.285CCCC0
Bwami Prestige Cap (Mukuba or Nkumbu)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lega-style maker
2005.56CCCC0
Cap
Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba, early 20th century
1994.88CCCC0
Male Figure
Central Africa, Republic of the Congo (most likely) or Democratic Republic of the Congo, Teke people
2010.430CCCC0
Gift Bowl
California, Pomo, Late 19th- Early 20th century
1959.384CCCC0
Opium Pipe
China, Qing dynasty
1947.585CCCC0
Gift Bowl
California, Wintu, late 19th century
1917.464CCCC0
Gift Basket
California, Pomo, late 19th- early 20th century
1917.523CCCC0
Twin Figure (Ère Ìbejì)
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá-style maker
2016.9CCCC0
Frame
Germany, Augsburg, 17th century
1943.284.2CCCC0
Tea bowl with tortoise shell glaze
China, Jiangxi Province, Southern Song dynasty
2020.177CCCC0
Vase
France, Art Deco Style, 20th century
1982.112©
Gift Bowl
California, Pomo, 20th century
1959.383CCCC0
Snuff Box
Germany
2009.51CCCC0
Interior View
Anonymous
2010.294CCCC0
Costume
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá peoples
1976.188CCCC0
Head
Guinea Coast, Liberia or Ivory Coast, Dan or We, 20th century
1973.218©
Costume
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá peoples
1976.187CCCC0
No image available
Tiffany Studios (American, New York, 1902–1932)
1960.103©
No image available
Tiffany Studios (American, New York, 1902–1932)
1960.103.1©
No image available
Tiffany Studios (American, New York, 1902–1932)
1960.103.2©
Beaded Hat or Headpiece
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba, 20th century
1942.1532CCCC0
Figure
Africa, Equatorial Africa, Cameroon, 20th century
2008.1012CCCC0
Cermonial Headpiece
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Hausa-style maker or Central Africa, Gabon, Fang-style maker
1976.1057CCCC0
No image available
Morocco, Berber ?, 19th century
1916.1457CCCC0
No image available
Morocco, Berber ?, 19th century
1918.42CCCC0
Title, DateArtist / CultureAccession numberMediumDimensionsCredit lineRights
Shell with Seated Noble
Mexico or Central America, Maya style
1965.550Conch shellOverall: 16.6 x 7.9 x 3.5 cm (6 9/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/8 in.)The Norweb CollectionCCCC0
Backrest of a Litter
Central Andes, North Coast, Chimú people, Late Intermediate Period
1952.233Mixed media: wood, gold alloy, pigment, shell inlayOverall: 60.4 x 95 cm (23 3/4 x 37 3/8 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Ornament with Figure
Central Andes, Wari style
1944.291Shell, stone, and metal (silver?)Overall: 6.6 x 3.6 cm (2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter HelenCCCC0
Clock
André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642-1732) and 1 other
1967.153Tortoise shell and brass inlay, gilt bronzeOverall: 113.7 cm (44 3/4 in.)Gift of Family and Friends in honor of Emery May Holden Norweb and Raymond Henry Norweb on their fiftieth wedding anniversaryCCCC0
Conch Shell with a Figure of Hevajra
Cambodia, Khmer, Angkor Period, 12th-13th Century
1977.176Shell and bronzeOverall: 35 cm (13 3/4 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Seated Ruler
North Syria, possibly the area of Ebla, 2000-1700 BC
1969.37Limestone with shell inclusionsOverall: 66.7 x 38.2 x 54.6 cm (26 1/4 x 15 1/16 x 21 1/2 in.)Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. FundCCCC0
The Hunt
China, late Warring States period (475-221 BC) to Western Han dynasty
1957.141Painted clamshellOverall: 7.5 x 9 cm (2 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.)Gift of Homer H. Tielke, Jr., in honor of the fortieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. Tielke, Sr.CCCC0
The Kill
China, late Warring States period (475-221 BC) to Western Han dynasty
1957.139Painted clamshellOverall: 7.5 x 9 cm (2 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Clark in memory of Flora L. TerryCCCC0
Howling Wolf
Southern Siberia, 5th-3rd Century BC
1986.26Wood with shell inlaysOverall: 11.1 x 3.3 x 5.9 cm (4 3/8 x 1 5/16 x 2 5/16 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Cup with Four Faces
Central Andes, Wari people
2019.169Stone with shell inlayOverall: 9.5 x 9.2 cm (3 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.)Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase FundCCCC0
M’hamid
Sheila Hicks (American, b. 1934)
1992.358Tapestry weaving: silk, vicuna, razor clam shellOverall: 23.5 x 17.8 cm (9 1/4 x 7 in.)Gift of Mildred Constantine©
Calvary
Germany, Middle Rhine?, 15th century
1968.240Mother-of-pearlDiameter: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial FundCCCC0
Offering Group: Large Shell
Mexico, Guerrero(?), San Jerónimo de Juárez, Xochicalco style
1990.252.2Shell, red pigmentOverall: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. GruenerCCCC0
Offering Group: Small Shell
Mexico, Guerrero(?), San Jerónimo de Juárez, Xochicalco style
1990.252.3Shell, red pigmentOverall: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. GruenerCCCC0
Bird Ornament
North coast of Peru, Cupisnique Style, 9th-6th Century BC
1946.230Shell with stone inlayOverall: 3.9 x 3.9 cm (1 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.)The Norweb CollectionCCCC0
Cameo of Zeus and Hera Enthroned
Italy, Roman, style of 2nd Century
1966.131ShellOverall: 8.6 x 7.1 cm (3 3/8 x 2 13/16 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman Study CollectionCCCC0
Cabinet
André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642-1732)
1949.539Ebony, marquetry in metal and tortoise shellOverall: 101.3 x 117.6 x 50 cm (39 7/8 x 46 5/16 x 19 11/16 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Shell with Inlaid Feline
Peru, South Coast, Nasca style
1950.567Spondylus shell with shell, stone, and gold inlayOverall: 7.5 x 7.4 cm (2 15/16 x 2 15/16 in.)In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter HelenCCCC0
Pair of Ear Ornaments
Mexico or Central America, Maya, 7th-10th century
1948.16Carved shellOverall: 3.8 x 2.3 cm (1 1/2 x 7/8 in.)In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter HelenCCCC0
Spatula with Carved Lizard
Peru, Nasca style
1955.83Bone with shell inlayOverall: 11.8 x 2.6 cm (4 5/8 x 1 in.)Purchase from the J. H. Wade FundCCCC0
Frog Ornament
Peru, Moche, 1st-9th Century
1955.178Shell, stone, goldOverall: 3.6 x 10.7 x 10.6 cm (1 7/16 x 4 3/16 x 4 3/16 in.)The Norweb CollectionCCCC0
Folding Fan: Mythological Scene with Diana
Italy, Rome(?), 18th century
1916.364Tortoise-shell sticks, painted skinOverall: 52.7 cm (20 3/4 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Spatula with Carved Head
Peru, Wari style
1955.57Bone with shell inlayOverall: 11.2 x 2.6 cm (4 7/16 x 1 in.)In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter HelenCCCC0
Box
Italy, Naples (?), 18th century
1969.297Tortoise shell and goldOverall: 9.9 x 20.2 x 14.6 cm (3 7/8 x 7 15/16 x 5 3/4 in.)Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings FundCCCC0
Snuff Container
Africa, Southern Africa, South Africa, Northern Nguni-style maker
2010.201Wood, glass beads, shell, and cottonOverall: 20.3 cm (8 in.)Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. FundCCCC0
Bracelet
Central Panama, (Sitio Conte?), Conte Style, 5th century
1951.154Gold and shellOverall: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)Thirty-fifth anniversary gift in recognition of work done by Dr. Samuel K. Lothrop, The Norweb CollectionCCCC0
Conch Shell Set in Silver
Tibet, 19th century
1919.571Shell and silverOverall: 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.)Gift of J. H. WadeCCCC0
Souvenir of Seville
Charles Conder (British, 1868-1909)
1962.398Watercolor, gouache, and shell gold with graphite on silkFabric: 20.3 x 39.7 cm (8 x 15 5/8 in.)In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph KingCCCC0
Treasure Box (Wakahuia)
Polynesia, New Zealand, Maori people, 19th century
1961.405Wood with abalone shellOverall: 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.)The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson MillikenCCCC0
Ladle
Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
1953.386Horn, bone, copper, abalone shell inlayOverall: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension FundCCCC0
Necklace of Insect(?) Beads
Colombia, Malagana region, 4th century BC - 4th century AD
1948.476Cast gold, turquoise, shell (modern stringing)Overall: 43.2 cm (17 in.)In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter HelenCCCC0
Small Sword
Germany, Passau (?), 17th century
1916.1099Steel, wood, steel wire, copper, chiseled shell guard; blade: blued, gilded, pierced and engravedOverall: 104.5 cm (41 1/8 in.); Blade: 86 cm (33 7/8 in.); Guard: 7.6 cm (3 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. SeveranceCCCC0
Fishing Canoe Prow
Polynesia, New Zealand, Maori people, 19th century
1967.231Wood with haliotis (pearl) shell inlayOverall: 35.3 cm (13 7/8 in.)The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson MillikenCCCC0
Figure-and-Birds Pendant
Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region, 4th-8th Century
1953.368Spondylus (thorny oyster) shellOverall: 6.7 x 7.3 x 1.7 cm (2 5/8 x 2 7/8 x 11/16 in.)James Albert Ford Memorial FundCCCC0
Necklace
Mexico, Oaxaca, Mixtec, 13th-16th century
1945.123Gold, shell, turquoiseOverall: 49 cm (19 5/16 in.); Pendant: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)The Norweb CollectionCCCC0
Round Box
France, 18th century
1988.48Tortoise shell decorated in red lacquer with inlays of gold, brass, and silver; contains a portrait miniatureDiameter: 2.3 x 6.3 cm (7/8 x 2 1/2 in.)In memory of Ruth ProbalaCCCC0
Puberty Basket
California, Pomo, late 19th century
1917.501Coiled, quail and woodpecker feathers, shell, abaloneOverall: 21.5 x 45.5 cm (8 7/16 x 17 15/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Hook Figure
Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, central Sepik River region, Arambak People, 20th century
1963.553Painted wood and cowrie shellOverall: 207 x 6.4 cm (81 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)Gift of Edgar A. Hahn©
Fan
France, 18th-19th century
1916.331Tortoise shell with pierced gilt metal for outer sticks, elaborate gilt decoration and spanglesRadius: 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.); Spread: 33.7 cm (13 1/4 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Doctor's Basket, Canoe- shaped
California, Pomo, 19th century
1917.480Coiled, with shell and yellow glass beadsOverall: 14.5 x 44 cm (5 11/16 x 17 5/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.aHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/seashell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.bHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/shell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.cHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/seashell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.dHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/seashell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.eHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/seashell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.fHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/seashell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gambling Dice
California, Tulare, Unassigned
1917.413.2.gHollow shell, resin, glass beads, mica/seashell fragmentOverall: 1.5 x 2 cm (9/16 x 13/16 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Stag Plaque
Western Asia, Scythian, 5th-4th Century BC
1985.77Gold, cast in shell moldOverall: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase FundCCCC0
The Wood Gatherers
John William North (British, 1842-1924)
2013.239Watercolor and gouache with scratch-away and touches of shell goldSheet: 40.5 x 56.3 cm (15 15/16 x 22 3/16 in.)Gift in memory of Helen BorowitzCCCC0
Conical Bowl
China, Jiangxi province, Ji'an, Southern Song dynasty
1989.274Stoneware with "tortoise shell" glaze, Jizhou wareDiameter: 14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.); Overall: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. MillikinCCCC0
Fighting Knife
Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
1916.719Steel. leather, cord, and horn inlaid with abalone shellOverall: 2.5 x 6 cm (1 x 2 3/8 in.); Blade: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)Gift of J. H. WadeCCCC0
Sewing Box with Implements (Nécessaire)
Austria, Vienna(?), 18th century
1967.157Gold and mother-of-pearlOverall: 9.3 x 12.1 x 9.6 cm (3 11/16 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)Gift of Mrs. A. Dean PerryCCCC0
Opium Pipe
China, Qing dynasty
1947.590Imitation tortoise-shell with gilt silver and silver decorationOverall: 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)Bequest of Cornelia Blakemore WarnerCCCC0
Fishermen Plate
China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng reign
2021.146Egg-shell porcelain with famille rose enamel overglaze decorationDiameter: 3.6 x 21 cm (1 7/16 x 8 1/4 in.)Dudley P. Allen FundCCCC0
Fighting Knife
Northwest Coast, Tlingit, 19th century
1916.720Steel, leather, cord, and walrus ivory inlaid with abalone shellOverall: 3.8 x 4.8 cm (1 1/2 x 1 7/8 in.); Blade: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)Gift of J. H. WadeCCCC0
Snuff Box
Switzerland, early 19th century
1916.354Tortoiseshell with painted automaton miniature under glass mounted in gold on gilt metalOverall: 2.3 x 8 cm (7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Dance staff for Èṣù (Ògò Èlẹ́gba)
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá-style maker
2018.34Wood, leather, cowrie shells, seeds, and natural fiber62 cm (24 7/16 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Small Sword
hilt: Holland; blade: Spain, 17th century
1916.1100Blued, gilded, and pierced steel, wood, steel wire, chiseled shell guard, engraved bladeOverall: 92.7 cm (36 1/2 in.); Blade: 75.9 cm (29 7/8 in.); Guard: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. SeveranceCCCC0
Snuff Box
Continental, early 19th century
1916.607Tortoiseshell box with painted portrait miniature under glass, inset on coverOverall: 2.3 x 6.6 cm (7/8 x 2 5/8 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Pair of Earrings
probably Malacian or South Sea Islands
1916.435Mother-of-pearlOverall: 3 x 3 cm (1 3/16 x 1 3/16 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Scabbard
Korea, Joseon dynasty
1995.246.bMetal and tortoiseshellOverall: 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in.)Gift of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Roberta Carroll, M.D.CCCC0
Ear Cleaner
China
1916.409Seed pearls and wireOverall: 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Snuff Box
France, 18th or 19th century
1916.605Mother-of-pearl mounted in gilt metalOverall: 3.9 x 8.6 x 4.5 cm (1 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade©
Snuff Box
after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)
1916.356.aGold or gilt metal mounts; sides and bottom enamel over gilt engine turned design; interior lined in tortoiseshellOverall: 2.6 x 10.5 cm (1 x 4 1/8 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
Spoon with Detachable Pick
Italy, Venice, 16th century
1987.144Enameled shell and coral, gilt-silver mounts; detachable pick with dragon's head finialOverall: 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.); Part 1: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Madonna and Child in Glory
Isaac Oliver (French, c. 1565-1617)
2011.2Gouache and watercolor, heightened with gum arabic, with shell gold framing lines, on vellum, mounted on paper, vellum, and woodFramed: 27.5 x 20.5 cm (10 13/16 x 8 1/16 in.)Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. FundCCCC0
Set of Dressing Implements
Potter Studios (American)
1984.28Silver, enamel, glass mirror, wood, bristles, tortoise shellOverall: 37.4 x 19.3 cm (14 3/4 x 7 5/8 in.)Anonymous Gift©
Rattle Staff (ukhuhre)
Nigeria, Benin Kingdom, Ẹdo peoples, member(s) of the Igbesanmwan (wood and ivory carvers) guild
1998.85Wood, paint, cowrie shells, and plant fiberOverall: 149.5 x 7.5 x 8 cm (58 7/8 x 2 15/16 x 3 1/8 in.)Gift of Phyllis Sloane in memory of Rose WhiteCCCC0
Male Figure (Nkisi)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cabinda, or Republic of the Congo, probably Vili-style maker
2010.433Wood, cloth, resin, organic material, feathers, natural fibers, antelope horn, seashells (including cowrie shells), glass beads, metalized glass, and plant fiberOverall: 42 x 11.8 x 23 cm (16 9/16 x 4 5/8 x 9 1/16 in.)René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. FundCCCC0
Headdress (chi wara)
Mali, Bamana blacksmith
1965.325Wood, cowrie shells, glass beads, possibly aluminum, iron alloy, upholstery studs, and natural fibersOverall: 44.5 x 66 cm (17 1/2 x 26 in.)Gift of Mrs. Ralph M. Coe in memory of Ralph M. CoeCCCC0
Royal Belt (yet)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuba Kingdom, Kuba maker
1994.87Plant fiber, rawhide or leather, glass beads, seashells, cowrie shells, cloth, and colorantOverall: 139.5 cm (54 15/16 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Decorative Panel
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) to Meiji period
1977.1024Lacquer, ivory, shellOverall: 2.9 x 30.5 cm (1 1/8 x 12 in.)Gift of Lucille N. MeehanCCCC0
Hat (Kalyeem)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba artist
1998.29Raffia, glass beads, cowrie shells, cloth (including wool), thread, and copper alloyOverall: 29 x 23 x 23 cm (11 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Snuff Box with a Portrait of a Lady
Pierre Louis Bouvier (Swiss, 1765-1836)
2008.285Watercolor on ivory; tortoise-shell lining; gilt metal ringsDiameter: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.); Box: 7.8 x 2.6 cm (3 1/16 x 1 in.); Diameter of frame: 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.)Bequest of Muriel ButkinCCCC0
Bwami Prestige Cap (Mukuba or Nkumbu)
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lega-style maker
2005.56Plant fibers, elephant rawhide and hair, cowrie shells, glass beads, and cordOverall: 52.1 x 21.6 x 39.4 cm (20 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial FundCCCC0
Cap
Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba, early 20th century
1994.88Plant fibers, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells, and copper alloyDiameter: 17.8 cm (7 in.); Overall: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)John L. Severance FundCCCC0
Male Figure
Central Africa, Republic of the Congo (most likely) or Democratic Republic of the Congo, Teke people
2010.430Wood, resin, iron, copper, plant fiber, cloth, glass beads, coins, antelope horns, and cowrie shellsOverall: 97.1 cm (38 1/4 in.); without base: 91.5 x 16 x 16.3 cm (36 x 6 5/16 x 6 7/16 in.)René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. FundCCCC0
Gift Bowl
California, Pomo, Late 19th- Early 20th century
1959.384Sedge with mallard, meadowlark, and quail feathers, and shells; coiled (3 rods)Overall: 3.5 x 17.5 cm (1 3/8 x 6 7/8 in.)Gift of Mrs. J. E. BauerschmidtCCCC0
Opium Pipe
China, Qing dynasty
1947.585Imitation tortoise-shell, ivory and jadeOverall: 43.2 cm (17 in.)Bequest of Cornelia Blakemore WarnerCCCC0
Gift Bowl
California, Wintu, late 19th century
1917.464Coiled, beads, shellsOverall: 9 x 22.3 cm (3 9/16 x 8 3/4 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Gift Basket
California, Pomo, late 19th- early 20th century
1917.523Bulrush, Sedge with Mallard and Meadowlak Feathers, and clam shells; Coiled (3 rods)Diameter: 12.1 x 4.5 cm (4 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert PriceCCCC0
Twin Figure (Ère Ìbejì)
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá-style maker
2016.9Wood, copper alloy, iron alloy, lead, glass beads, cowrie shells, twine, and pigmentOverall: 25.6 x 18.8 x 5.8 cm (10 1/16 x 7 3/8 x 2 5/16 in.)Gift of Kim SherwinCCCC0
Frame
Germany, Augsburg, 17th century
1943.284.2Glass, tortoise shell, silver enamel, gilt-bronze inner and outer framesOverall: 18.7 x 15.9 cm (7 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.)Purchase from the J. H. Wade FundCCCC0
Tea bowl with tortoise shell glaze
China, Jiangxi Province, Southern Song dynasty
2020.177Brown glazed stoneware with "tortoise shell" pattern, Jizhou wareOverall: 5.9 x 11.5 cm (2 5/16 x 4 1/2 in.)Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection GiftCCCC0
Vase
France, Art Deco Style, 20th century
1982.112Gold-colored metal plated with silver-colored metal and a brown mottled lacquer resembling tortoise-shellDiameter: 27 x 15.9 cm (10 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.)Gift of Dr. Sara Jane Pearman©
Gift Bowl
California, Pomo, 20th century
1959.383Sedge with mallard, quail, acorn woodpecker feathers, clam and abalone shells; coiled (3 rods)Overall: 3 x 16.5 cm (1 3/16 x 6 1/2 in.)Gift of Mrs. J. E. BauerschmidtCCCC0
Tobacco Box with Turtles in Lotus and Grasses
Japan, Edo period
1919.569Box: wood with color and metal, shell, and stone inlay; toggle (ojime): ceramic; netsuke: woodOverall: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)Gift of J. H. WadeCCCC0
Snuff Box
Germany
2009.51Goldmounted agate and mother-of-pearl and shell, original sharkskin caseOverall: 7 x 4.8 x 3.5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 3/8 in.)Gift of Howard F. StirnCCCC0
Interior View
Anonymous
2010.294Watercolor and pen and black ink heightened with white, shell gold, and touches of other opaque colors and with traces of graphiteSheet: 30.4 x 42.6 cm (11 15/16 x 16 3/4 in.); Mounted: 40.4 x 49.9 cm (15 7/8 x 19 5/8 in.)Bequest of Muriel ButkinCCCC0
Costume
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá peoples
1976.188Cotton, velvet, flannel, leather, dye, probably wood, cowrie shells, metalOverall: 152.4 x 58.4 x 40.6 cm (60 x 23 x 16 in.)Gift of Katherine C. WhiteCCCC0
Head
Guinea Coast, Liberia or Ivory Coast, Dan or We, 20th century
1973.218Wood, glass beads, organic material, plant fiber, and cowrie shellsOverall: 38.8 cm (15 1/4 in.)Gift of Katherine C. White©
Costume
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Yorùbá peoples
1976.187Cotton, velvet, flannel, dye, faux fur, leather, cowrie shellsOverall: 167.6 x 66 x 40.6 cm (66 x 26 x 16 in.)Gift of Katherine C. WhiteCCCC0
No image available
Tiffany Studios (American, New York, 1902–1932)
1960.103Bronze and shellOverall: 145.5 x 39.4 cm (57 5/16 x 15 1/2 in.)Gift of Carrie Moss Halle in memory of Salmon Portland Halle©
Beaded Hat or Headpiece
Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba, 20th century
1942.1532Glass beads, cloth, plant fiber, and cowrie shellsOverall: 24.2 cm (9 1/2 in.)Gift of W. A. PriceCCCC0
Figure
Africa, Equatorial Africa, Cameroon, 20th century
2008.1012Wood, glass beads, cloth, thread, and cowrie shellsOverall: 50 x 13 x 10 cm (19 11/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 15/16 in.)The Nina M. Traub TrustCCCC0
Cermonial Headpiece
Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Hausa-style maker or Central Africa, Gabon, Fang-style maker
1976.1057Plant fibers, cloth, hair, cowrie shells, buttons, upholstery studs, and threadOverall: 15.2 x 17 x 21 cm (6 x 6 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.); Inside: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension FundCCCC0
No image available
Morocco, Berber ?, 19th century
1916.1457Plain weave linen? with embroidery, shells, glass beads and metal paillettesAverage: 142.2 x 33 cm (56 x 13 in.)Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. WadeCCCC0
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Morocco, Berber ?, 19th century
1918.42Plain weave linen? with silk and metal thread embroidery, shells and glass and metal beadsAverage: 76.2 x 25.4 cm (30 x 10 in.)Gift of J. H. WadeCCCC0