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Photographs of Smithsonian Institution anthropology exhibits at Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

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Collector and exhibit designer:
Smithsonian Institution
Exhibit designer:
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
United States National Museum
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
Subject:
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)
Physical description:
31 mounted prints : silver gelatin
Culture:
Zuni Indians
Hopi Indians
Mayas
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Indians of North America Northwest Coast of North America
Indians of North America Great Plains
Indians of the West Indies
Indians of Mexico
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Place:
Xochicalco Site (Mexico)
Date:
1904
Notes:
The National Museum's Department of Anthropology and the Bureau of American Ethnology exhibits at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition were highly integrated, and both were designed by then chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology and former head curator of the Department of Anthropology, William Henry Holmes. The exhibits were intended to illustrate "the higher culture of the native American peoples as shown in their arts and industries." The exhibit featured examples of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, metal work, water craft, musical instruments, pipes, and ceremonial objects and included models of Aztec ruins based on plans by De Lancey W. Gill.
Summary:
Images of United States National Museum anthropological exhibits at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also called the St. Louis World's Fair. Images of the Department of Anthropology's exhibits include those of photographs and models of Mayan and Mesoamerican temples; antiquities from Mexico, Mesoamerica, and the West Indies; and American Indian, Mexican, and Mesoamerican sculptures, ceramics, tools, textiles, masks, and baskets. Photographs also document the Bureau of American Ethnology's exhibits, including "symbolic art," drawings and paintings on artifacts from tribes of the New Southwest, Plains, and Northwest Coast. The collection also includes a photograph of carved designs on a structure at Xochicales, possibly used in the exhibition or as part of its design.
Cite as:
Photo lot 82-31, Photographs of Smithsonian anthropology exhibits at Louisiana Purchase Exposition, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Exhibitions
Decorative arts
Symbolism
Religion
Mayas--Antiquities
Local number:
NAA Photo Lot 82-31
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives

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