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B.F. Skinner's Nose Cone of a Pigeon-Guided Missile

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Maker:
Skinner, B. F.
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 64 cm x 57 cm x 58.5 cm; 25 3/16 in x 22 7/16 in x 23 1/16 in
Object Name:
psychological apparatus
Description:
During World War II, the U.S. military needed to find accurate ways to guide missiles to their targets. University of Minnesota psychologist B. F. Skinner suggested that a missile nose cone be supplied with three compartments, each with a window. A pigeon would be placed in each section, and trained to peck on the window when the target appeared. If all three pigeons pecked, the weapon would be released. This prototype was never developed, but influenced later work on animal training.
For a discussion of the instrument, see James Capshew, “Engineering Behavior: Project Pigeon, World War II, and the Conditioning of B. F. Skinner,” Technology and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 4, Special Issue: Biomedical and Behavioral Technology (Oct., 1993), pp. 835-857.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Birds
Credit Line:
Gift of B. F. Skinner
ID Number:
1981.0997.02
Accession number:
1981.0997
Catalog number:
1981.0997.02
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Science & Mathematics
Military
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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edanmdm:nmah_690069
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Garment hook (daigou) in the form of a bird

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Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D (overall): 3.7 x 8.4 x 1.5 cm (1 7/16 x 3 5/16 x 9/16 in)
Type:
Metalwork
Jewelry and Ornament
Origin:
China
Date:
probably 4th-3rd century BCE
Period:
Eastern Zhou dynasty, late Warring States period to Han dynasty
Former owner:
Dr. Paul Singer (1904 - 1997)
Topic:
bird
Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)
Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE)
casting
Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE)
China
Chinese Art
Paul Singer collection
Credit Line:
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
RLS1997.48.4084
Rights:
Copyright with museum
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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edanmdm:fsg_RLS1997.48.4084

Flamingos

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Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 13 7/8 in; 24.13 cm x 35.2425 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Birds
Animals
ID Number:
2014.0112.514
Catalog number:
2014.0112.514
Accession number:
2014.0112
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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edanmdm:nmah_1758756

Peregrine Falcon

view Peregrine Falcon digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, peregrine falcon at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA, 1970
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 6 1/2 in x 10 in; 16.51 cm x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
Date made:
1970-07-17
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.473
Catalog number:
2014.0112.473
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Flamingos

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Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/8 in x 13 7/8 in; 23.1775 cm x 35.2425 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.515
Catalog number:
2014.0112.515
Accession number:
2014.0112
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Ritual food vessel (qui)

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Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D (vessel): 17.1 × 33.1 × 23.7 cm (6 3/4 × 13 1/16 × 9 5/16 in)
Type:
Metalwork
Vessel
Origin:
China
Date:
11th-10th century BCE
Period:
Western Zhou dynasty
Former owner:
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
Provenance:
Possibly the Qing dynasty imperial collection [1]
To 1915
Marcel Bing (1875-1920), Paris, to 1915 [2]
From 1915 to 1961
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC and Mt. Kisco, NY, purchased jointly with Charles L. Freer (1854-1919) from Marcel Bing through C.T. Loo, Lai Yuan & Co., New York in December 1915 [3]
From 1968
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer, 1968 [4]
Notes:
[1] A bronze qui with a very similar decoration and inscription has been included in the catalogue Xi Qing xujian, jiabian, one of the four imperial catalogues compiled during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, in years 1781/82-1793/94, see Xi Qing xujian, jiabian (Shanghai: Shangwu yinshuguan, 1911), vol. 6, p. 41a-b. See also Rong Geng, "Xi Qing jinwen zhenwei cunyi biao," Yanjing xuebao 5 (June 1929), p. 838. This bronze was possibly among the treasures taken from the Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) by French and English troops in 1860 or from the palace in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900.
[2] See correspondence between Charles Freer and Marcel Bing, dated November-December 1915, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, copy in object file.
See also Thomas Lawton and Linda Merrill, Freer: A Legacy of Art (Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1993), pp. 220-223, 226 (fig. 160).
[3] See C. T. Loo, Lai-Yuan & Co.'s invoice issued to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Meyer on December 10, 1915, copy in object file.
Shortly after the acquisition, the Meyers lent the bronze to an exhibition in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, see S. C. Bosch Reitz, Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture, exh. cat. (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916), cat. 336 (ill.).
[4] See Agnes Meyer's Deed of Gift, dated July 24, 1967, copy in object file.
Topic:
bird
dragon
Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
casting
ram
China
food
Chinese Art
monster
WWII-era provenance
Credit Line:
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Accession Number:
F1968.28
Rights:
Copyright with museum
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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Happy, Crazy, American Animals and a Man and Lady at My Place

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Artist:
John Wilde, born Milwaukee, WI 1919-died Cooksville, WI 2006
Medium:
oil on wood
Dimensions:
12 x 17 7/8 in. (30.4 x 45.3 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1961
Description:
John Wilde paints in painstaking detail, filling his small images with real and imagined creatures. He incorporates nude female figures to symbolize nature, and in this work the running woman echoes the galloping pronghorn antelope beside her. Wilde's careful technique makes all the animals appear frozen in time, but it is easy to imagine them coming back to life at any moment, screeching and thumping their way through the house. The artist himself stands in the very back of the scene, watching the madness unfold with a calm expression as if he is controlling every movement.
"I hope my attitude is manifest in my work. I 'like' to paint and I like fruits, birds, shells, stones, contradictions, naked ladies, etc. It is inconceivable for me to paint other than what I like." Artist's statement, 1962
Topic:
Figure group
Animal\cat
Animal\bird
Fantasy\animal
Animal\deer
Animal\wolf
Animal\armadillo
Architecture Interior\domestic\house
Animal\opossum
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Object number:
1969.47.47
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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edanmdm:saam_1969.47.47

Missing #3

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Artist:
Kathy Vargas, born San Antonio, TX 1950
Medium:
six hand-colored gelatin silver prints
Dimensions:
sheet and image: 24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1992
Topic:
Animal\bird
Figure\fragment\skeleton
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Object number:
1998.20A-F
Copyright Credit Line:
© 1992, Kathy Vargas
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Penguin comb

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Physical Description:
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 cm x 4.2 cm x .5 cm; 3 15/16 in x 1 5/8 in x 3/16 in
overall: 5/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 4 in; .79375 cm x 4.445 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
comb
Place made:
France
Date made:
ca 1930
Description (Brief):
A celluloid novelty comb in the shape of a penguin. The penguin's head pulls out to reveal a comb made of imitation tortoiseshell. The holder is marked "France" and "Alain Saint . . ."
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Birds
ID Number:
2006.0098.1719
Accession number:
2006.0098
Catalog number:
2006.0098.1719
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Celluloid
Clothing & Accessories
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1348515
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Dish with design of bird and chrysanthemums

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Medium:
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under enamel glazes
Dimensions:
H x W: 7 x 33 cm (2 3/4 x 13 in)
Style:
Arita ware, Aode Kutani type
Type:
Ceramic
Vessel
Origin:
Yambeta kiln gorup, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
Date:
1655-1660
Period:
Edo period
Former owner:
N.V. Hammer, Inc.
Provenance:
To 1967
N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [1]
From 1967
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [2]
Notes:
[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
[2] See note 1.
Topic:
bird
Arita ware, Aode Kutani type
Edo period (1615 - 1868)
Japan
porcelain
Japanese Art
WWII-era provenance
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1967.23a-c
Rights:
Copyright with museum
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Peregrine Falcon

view Peregrine Falcon digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, peregrine falcon at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA, 1970
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in x 14 in; 25.4 cm x 35.56 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.509
Catalog number:
2014.0112.509
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758751

Peregrine Falcon

view Peregrine Falcon digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, peregrine falcon at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA, 1970
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 3/8 in x 13 7/8 in; 23.8125 cm x 35.2425 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.506
Catalog number:
2014.0112.506
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758748

Peregrine Falcon

view Peregrine Falcon digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, peregrine falcon at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA, 1970
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 14 in; 24.13 cm x 35.56 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.505
Catalog number:
2014.0112.505
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758747

Flamingos

view Flamingos digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, flamingos
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 in x 13 7/8 in; 22.86 cm x 35.2425 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.517
Catalog number:
2014.0112.517
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758759

Peregrine Falcon

view Peregrine Falcon digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, peregrine falcon at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA, 1970
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 1/4 in x 13 3/4 in; 26.035 cm x 34.925 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.504
Catalog number:
2014.0112.504
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758746

Peregrine Falcon

view Peregrine Falcon digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, peregrine falcon at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln MA, 1970
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 6 1/2 in x 10 in; 16.51 cm x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Lincoln
Date made:
1970-07-17
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
ID Number:
2014.0112.472
Catalog number:
2014.0112.472
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758714

Flamingos

view Flamingos digital asset: Photograph by Ken Regan, flamingos
Photographer:
Regan, Ken
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/4 in x 14 in; 23.495 cm x 35.56 cm
Object Name:
gelatin silver print
Place made:
Kenya: Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Reserve
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Animals
Birds
Africa
ID Number:
2014.0112.489
Catalog number:
2014.0112.489
Accession number:
2014.0112
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Ken Regan Collection
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758731

Ixobrychus sinensis

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Collector:
R. C. McGregor
A. Celestino
Preparation:
Skin: Whole
Sex:
Male
Stage:
Adult
Type Status:
Type
Type Citation:
Wetmore. June 29, 1918. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington. 31: 83.
Place:
Paete, Laguna, Luzon, Philippines, Asia
Collection Date:
26 Jul 1915
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
16 Aug 2017
Common name:
Yellow Bittern
Yellow Bittern
Taxonomy:
Animalia Animalia Chordata Chordata Aves Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiiformes Ardeidae Ardeidae
Published Name:
Ixobrychus sinensis
Ixobrychus sinensis astrologus Wetmore
Other Numbers:
Field Number : 7679
USNM Number:
254201
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Birds
Vertebrate Zoology
Data Source:
NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Birds Division
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhvz_4046459
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Carduelis cucullata

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Expedition:
Smithsonian And Univ. Of Kansas Survey Of The Rupununi, Guyana
Microhabitat Description:
scrub/savannah
Collector:
Mark B. Robbins
Preparation:
Skin: Whole
Sex:
Male
Place:
Wiwitau Mountain, East Rupununi Savannah, Guyana, South America
Collection Date:
12 Apr 2000
Specimen Count:
1
Notes:
collected from group of five birds (3 adult males, 1 imm. male, and a female)
Record Last Modified:
7 Aug 2017
Common name:
Red Siskin
Taxonomy:
Animalia Chordata Aves Passeriformes Fringillidae Carduelinae
Published Name:
Carduelis cucullata
Other Numbers:
Field Number : MBR 5656
USNM Number:
649696
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Birds
Vertebrate Zoology
Data Source:
NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Birds Division
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhvz_11568969
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Phylloscopus collybita x trochilus

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Collector:
A. D. Forbes-Watson
Preparation:
Skin: Whole
Sex:
Female
Place:
Kakamega Forest Station, Western Province, Kenya, Africa
Collection Date:
2 Dec 1965
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
15 Sep 2017
Taxonomy:
Animalia Animalia Chordata Chordata Aves Aves Passeriformes Passeriformes Sylviidae Sylviidae Sylviinae Sylviinae
Published Name:
Phylloscopus collybita x trochilus
Phylloscopus collybita abietinus
Other Numbers:
Field Number : 2287
Field Number : 02xii02
USNM Number:
520969
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Birds
Vertebrate Zoology
Data Source:
NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Birds Division
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhvz_13560447

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