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A Brief Tour of Mexico

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    Artifact 6

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    What does that tell you about the culture?

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  • Cathedra (bishop's chair)

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    What do you notice about this object?

    What does the title tell you is important to this cutlure?

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    Cathedra (bishop's chair)

    1880–1905

    Dimensions

    Overall: 111.8 x 58.4 x 94cm (44 x 23 x 37in.)

    Medium

    Spanish cedar (cedrela odorata, by microanalysis); modern leather upholstery with twenty-five original brass nails and additional replacements

    Classification

    Furniture, Seating and Beds

    Accession Number

    1980.171

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    Americas More Info

    Description

    Large, heavily carved armchair with cabriole legs featuring grotesque masks on all four knees and terminating in claw-and-ball feet; elaborately carved front seat rail with inverted shell between two foliate scrolls emanating from masks; carved rear stiles terminate in reverse scroll; arms bear foliate carving on outer side and terminate in scrolled hand-holds; crest rail formed of compound curves; carved sun surrounded by foliate scrolls on outside of back; modern leather upholstery secured with twenty-five (out of seventy) original brass nails.

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  • Worker's Hands, Mexico

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    Worker's Hands, Mexico

    1927

    Tina Modotti, American (born in Italy, died in Mexico), 1896–1942

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 19.2 x 21.7 cm (7 9/16 x 8 9/16 in.) Mount: 24.4 x 25.8 cm (9 5/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1985.813

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  • Flores

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    What do you think 'Flores' means?

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  • Diet

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    What do you know about Mexican food?

    Do you know the name of any foods?

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  • Molineras

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    What do you think she is doing?

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  • Modern Art

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    What does this tell you about the culture?

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  • Mariachi Festival poster

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    What do you notice?

    What does the term Mariachi describe?

    What is important to the Mexican people?

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  • Dia De Los Muertos

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    What is the occasion?

    What do you think the title means?

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  • Landscape, near Saltillo, Mexico

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    What is the climate like?

    What is the landscape like?

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    Landscape, near Saltillo, Mexico

    1932

    Paul Strand, American, 1890–1976

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet/Mount: 11.7 x 14.7 cm (4 5/8 x 5 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, platinum print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1977.785

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  • Hola mes estudiantes! Aprendemos sobre Mexico!

    What language do the people speak?

  • Sierra Nevada

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    What is the landscape like?

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  • Postcard

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    How would you describe the Mexican land?

    Why do you think travelers vacation in Mexico?

    Would you like to visit Mexico?

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  • Where in the world is Mexico?

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    Can you point to Mexico on our class map?

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  • Mexico geography up close

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    By looking at this map, what do you think is a major natural resource?

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  • Untitled

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  • Artifact 1

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    What was this object used for?

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    Roller stamp

    A.D. 200–1550

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.1 x 3.4 cm (3 3/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Tools & equipment

    Accession Number

    1993.809

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    Cylindrical stamp for applying paint to textiles, paper or the human body. The design is composed of two bands of interlocking fret and S-scroll motifs.

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  • Artifact 2

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    Who are the subjects?
    What does that infer about the culture?

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    Diving god effigy incense burner top

    A.D. 400–550

    Dimensions

    47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware with black, red, yellow and white slip paint

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

    Accession Number

    1988.1230

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    Description

    A diving figure is perched atop the lid, his arms folded in front of his face and his legs bent at the knees and arching over his head. A supernatural being emerges from behind his legs. His body is elaborated painted to represent clothing and perhaps body paint or tatoos. Four elliptical and red-painted cartouches on the lid's columnar lower section are each painted with an undeciphered hieroglyph.

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  • Artifacts 3 & 4

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    How are the objects similar?

    How are the objects different?

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    Warrior effigy

    A.D. 600–750

    Dimensions

    33.02 x 10.79 x 7.3 cm (13 x 4 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware: orange and white slip paint, post-fire blue pigment

    Classification

    Figurines

    Accession Number

    1973.14

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    Americas
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    Human effigy head

    A.D. 1350–1521

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.8 x 8 x 4.1 cm (2 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware: traces of white pigment

    Classification

    Figurines

    Accession Number

    1993.789

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    Jaine-style figurine rendering a standing male warrior. He holds a rectangular shield decorated on front and rear faces with orange and white slip paint and "Maya Blue" post-fire pigment. A double row of plaque-like elements and six bead-like adornments outline three sides of the shield, which imply it was made of a flexible material folded in half lengthwise. The warrior wears a plain loincloth and hip skirt and a wide mesh or rope-like belt from which hang large Oliva shells. He is adorned with a round bead necklace and large earflares, likely representing jadeite jewelry, and an elaborate headdress composed of twisted ropes, painted cloth, and two circular feather panaches. Curvilinear designs decorate his face, representing either scarification or face paint, and he has a small goatee. His right arm is broken off at the elbow. Orange slip paint embellishes his legs and left hand, and post-fire "Maya Blue" pigment also colors his arm band and the cloth of his headdess.


    Removable headdress from a figurine. This mold-made headdress depicts a human head emerging from the open mouth of an alligator-like creature. The neck area comprises a hollowed half-sphere that would fit on top of the head of a human figurine.

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  • Obsidian core debitage

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    What is it used for?

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    Obsidian core debitage

    A.D. 1000–1500

    Dimensions

    Overall: 29 x 7.8 x 2.5 cm (11 7/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 in.)

    Medium

    Gray obsidian, modern metal mount

    Classification

    Raw materials and by-products

    Accession Number

    1993.820

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    Large flake resulting from the process of reducing an obsidian boulder to a core form from which blades were produced during Precolumbian times using the percussion-flake method. The flake is mounted in a copper alloy cast armature made by Margret Craver Withers in the late 20th century.

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