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16758974-1991_004_040_Bpa_ARC.tif

11008138-2004_013_001_Opa_ARC.tif
The carefully coiffed hair and beard here suggest the sitter's stylish refinement, sophistication, and worldly success. The ascetic features and receding hairline imply a man in later middle life. The drill-work that articulates the hair and beard…

23161173-2017_035_077_Lpa_ARC.tif

23161120-2017_035_059_Cpa_ARC.tif

11008210-1994_004_796_Apa_ARC.tif
The akua'ba figure found among the matrilineal Akan in West Africa was once a renowned way of treating infertility among Akan women. Although rarely practiced today, an akua'ba would be commisioned by a woman unable to conceive and cared for as if…

11007641-1991_004_561r_Apa_ARC.tif

11008398-1990_011_001ab_Apa_ARC.tif
Bold, delicate, personable, and enigmatic, the female effigies of the ancient Andes held powerful positions during life and beyond. With her hands on her knees, a common meditative pose, this Moskito effigy from ancient Colombia demonstrates her…

16758935-1999_003_115_Bpa_ARC.tif

16758522-1994_013_Hpa_ARC.tif

16758738-2008_015_001_Cpa_ARC.tif
The Phoenicians adopted many Egyptian decorative motifs, and one of their favorites was the sphinx, though in the Near Eastern versions wings are usually added to the creature, as is the case here. The sphinx is carved on the underside of a scarab…
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