Artstor and the Portland Art Museum are now sharing more than 2,300 images of artworks, with a particular focus on Native American and Northwest art.
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Easter is around the corner, and with it comes the inevitable barrage of images of the Easter bunny. The strange thing is that the only mentions of rabbits in the Bible are prohibitions against eating them in the Old Testament. So what gives?
The underlying idea is that rabbits are connected to the idea of rebirth—not only do they reproduce prodigiously, at one time they were believed to reproduce asexually. The connection of rabbits to rebirth also occurs in non-Christian societies: The Rabbit in the Moon (instead of our Man in the Moon) is a familiar symbol in Asia, and was part of Aztec legend, tying the idea of rabbits to a “rebirth” every night. But other qualities of rabbits and hares also get highlighted in folklore, including their mischievous side, playing the role of cunning tricksters in Native American and Central African mythologies. (more…)
Artstor and the Portland Art Museum are collaborating to share approximately 2,500 images of artworks, with a particular focus on the Museum’s premier collections of Native American and Northwest art.
Remarkable for its depth and diversity, the Museum’s permanent collection of Native American art consists of over 3,000 objects that date from pre-European contact to the present. The collection features important works created by some 200 North American cultural groups and contemporary artists, with especially strong representation of artworks from the Northwest coastal region. Anchored by the world-renowned Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast Art and the encyclopedic Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection, the Portland Art Museum’s collection of Native American art is the single most visited and researched aspect of the Museum’s collection.
Artstor Digital Library has collaborated with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University to share 24,000 additional images of Pre-Columbian, African, Native North American, Oceanic, Asian, and European objects. This brings the current available total to more than 52,000 of a projected 154,000 images from the Museum’s collection.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University is the oldest museum devoted to anthropology in the United States and holds a permanent collection of millions of objects documenting the history of human culture throughout the Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia, and Europe. The museum’s archaeological holdings comprise the majority of the permanent collection, with particular strengths in North, Central, and South America. Though smaller in number, the ethnographic collections have established the museum’s reputation as a preeminent repository of anthropological objects relating to Native American, Pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, and Asian cultural groups. There are also extensive archival collections, which document the museum’s collections and history, as well as the development anthropology as an academic discipline. Selections from the museum’s permanent collection of archaeological objects, ethnographic artifacts, and archival materials will be added to the Artstor Digital Library for scholarly and educational uses. (more…)
Posted in Asian Art, Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects & Interior Des, Museums, Native American Art & Culture on July 29, 2013| Leave a Comment »
The new images will join the more than 2,700 images of highlights from the permanent collection currently available in the ARTstor Digital Library. The museum is renowned for its collection of Asian art, including works from Japan, China, Korea, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Also notable are its holdings in African, American, European, modern and contemporary, Native and Meso-American, and Oceanic and Aboriginal art.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit ARTstor’s Seattle Art Museum collection page.
- Asia Society Collection
- Yale University Art Gallery
- Dallas Museum of Art Collection
- The Samuel H. Kress Collection
- Fowler Museum (University of California, Los Angeles)