List of illustrations

  • Map of Central and South America, depicting cultural art objects
  • Ornament of a Fanged Deity
  • Ornament Depicting a Fanged Deity
  • Pectoral Depicting Fanged Deity Heads
  • Pectoral Depicting Fanged Deity Heads
  • Pectoral Depicting Fanged Deity Heads, Detail
  • Plaque Depicting a Toad Deity
  • Ornament in the Shape of a Crouching Jaguar Deity
  • Pectoral Depicting the Head of a Fanged Andean Condor Deity
  • Armband
  • Arm Ornament
  • Crown
  • Crown
  • Nose Ornament Depicting a Feline Face
  • Nose Ornament Depicting an Octopus
  • Nose Ornament Depicting Two Facing Felines
  • Seated Warrior with Gold Poncho and a Silver Fez with a Crest
  • Pair of Trophy Head Pendants
  • Headdress Ornament of a Bird
  • Ornament Depicting a Supernatural Animal with Feline and Bird Features
  • Nose Ornament with Serpents
  • Shell Pendant with Deity
  • Nose Ornament
  • Nose Ornament with Andean Condors
  • Nose Ornament Depicting a Male Shaman
  • Nose Ornament with Butterfly
  • Nose Ornament Depicting a Vilca Tree Deity
  • Nose Ornament Depicting a Vilca Tree Deity, detail of a dangle
  • Pair of Ear Ornaments with Supernatural Felines
  • Pair of Ear Ornaments Depicting Supernatural Felines
  • Pair of Warriors
  • Warrior
  • Warrior
  • Scorpion Ornaments
  • Pair of Ornaments Depicting the Crab God
  • Set of 11 Necklace Beads Depicting the Decapitator Deity
  • Set of 11 Necklace Beads Depicting the Decapitator Deity, detail of central bead
  • Pendant Depicting a Deity with the Body of a Stingray and the Head of a Human with Fangs
  • Beakers Depicting a Deity with Sicán-style Eyes and Fangs
  • Funerary Mask
  • Ceremonial Knife Depicting the Sicán Lord
  • Crown Depicting Rulers Holding Ceremonial Staffs
  • Ceremonial Scepter
  • Pair of Ornaments Depicting the Sicán Lord
  • Tunic
  • Pair of Ear Ornaments
  • Pair of Ear Ornaments, detail of incised tubes on the back
  • Deity Effigy Beaker
  • Deity Effigy Beaker, details of corn and fish
  • Beaker Inlaid with Precious Stones
  • Vessel in the Form of a Duck
  • Plaque depicting the face of the Sun God surrounded by rays
  • Mask Depicting the Tiwanaku Sun God
  • Cup Depicting the Decapitator Deity
  • Crown ornament depicting the face of the Sun God
  • Crown ornament depicting the face of the Sun God
  • Crown ornament depicting the face of the Sun God
  • Warrior
  • Female Figure with Cloak
  • Female Figure
  • Figure of an Inca Lord
  • Tunic
  • Tunic
  • Funerary Mask
  • Headdress Ornament
  • Nose Ornament
  • Pectoral with Face
  • Pair of Hourglass-shaped Ear Ornaments with Disk Pendants
  • Crown
  • Pectoral
  • Mask and Pair of Ear Ornaments
  • Poporo Representing a Gourd Form
  • Poporo Representing a Male Shaman
  • Poporo Representing a Female Shaman Holding Gourd Form Poporos
  • Poporo Representing a Male Shaman with Tattoos
  • Poporo Representing a Female Shaman Wearing a Skirt, Holding a Shell and a Poporo
  • Shaman in Transformation Pendant
  • Headdress
  • Pair of Shaman Pendants with Plant Elements
  • Toucan Staff Top
  • Frigatebird Staff Finial
  • Avian Staff Top
  • Avian Staff Top
  • Nose Ornament
  • Pendant of a Shaman Transforming into a Bird
  • Necklace
  • Necklace, detail of central Shaman pendant
  • Nose Ornament
  • Nose Ornament
  • Nose Ornament
  • Nose Ornament
  • Nose Ornament with Birds
  • Frog Pendant
  • Frog Pendant
  • Frog Pendant
  • Pelican Bell Pendant
  • Double Crocodile Pendant
  • Quadruple Animal Pendant
  • Disk Pectoral with Sun Deity
  • Disk Pectoral with Sun Deity
  • Pair of Square Ornaments with Deities
  • Pectoral with Deity
  • Disk Pectoral with Crocodile
  • Stingray Bell Pendant
  • Catfish Pendant
  • Feline Pendant
  • Pendant of a Male Shaman in Transformation
  • Shaman Pendant
  • Shaman Pendant
  • Pendant of a Shaman Transforming into a Bat
  • Map of Indonesia, depicting cultural art objects
  • Burial Mask
  • Pectoral
  • Waistband
  • Crown
  • Pair of Upper Armbands
  • Set of Five Crown Ornaments
  • Ushnisha, Covering for the head of the Buddha
  • Vessel with Cache of Jewelry
  • Ornamental belt
  • Necklace
  • King's Crown
  • Queen's Crown
  • Pair of Arm Ornaments
  • Pair of Arm Ornaments
  • Brooch
  • Brooch
  • Chest Ornament (Hiasan Dada)
  • Crown
  • Dance Crown Set
  • Crown
  • Belt Buckle
  • Pair of Rings
  • Sacred Offering Dish (Bokor)
  • Vessel
  • Plaque
  • Kris Handle
  • Kris Handle
  • Pendant with Cockatoos
  • Pendant with Two Billy Goats
  • Ornament
  • Comb
  • Crown
  • Pair of Woman's Earrings
  • Betel Nut Container
  • Chief's Betel Leaf Bag
  • Pair of Earrings (Bela)
  • Pendant
  • Pendant
  • Necklace
  • Ancestral Crown (Wutala)
  • Ancestral Crown (Wutala)
  • Ceremonial Pectoral Dish
  • Kris
  • Necklace
  • Pair of Ear Ornaments (Kowari)
  • Pair of Armbands
  • Head Ornament
  • Crown
  • Crown
  • Woman's Ceremonial Headband
  • Pair of Noblewoman's Ear Ornaments (Sialu)
  • Necklace
  • Male Ancestor Figure
  • Bracelet (Töla Jaga)
  • Necklace
  • Headdress
  • Pair of Woman's Ear Plates (Subeng)
  • Necklace
  • Bridal Bracelet (Gelang Gadang Podang)
  • Bracelet
  • Crown
  • Headdress
  • Necklace
  • Kris
  • Map of Ghana, depicting cultural art objects
  • Linguist Staff with Silver Finial
  • Linguist Staff with Finial Representing an Elephant
  • Linguist Staff with Finial Representing a Man Holding an Egg
  • Linguist Staff with Finial Representing a Man Scraping Bark from a Tree
  • Linguist Staff with Finial of a Whale with a Man in its Mouth
  • Linguist Staff Finial Representing Two Men Sitting on Stools
  • Linguist Staff with Finial Representing a Figure Holding a Lantern Next to a Bed
  • Linguist Staff Finial Representing Bird, Probably Parrots, on a Tree
  • Linguist Staff Finial Representing Four Human Heads
  • Linguist Staff Finial Representing a Bird with a Snake in its Mouth
  • Linguist Staff Finial Representing a Chameleon Standing on a Box
  • Sword Ornament in the form of a Palm Fruit
  • Sword Ornament
  • Sword Ornament in the Form of a Kola Pod
  • Sword Ornament in the Form of a Lion
  • Sword Ornament in the form of a Gunpowder Keg with Pistol
  • Sword Ornament of a Bird with Cannons
  • Sword Ornament
  • Sword Handle
  • Sword Handle with Elephant and Duiker
  • Sword Handle with Elephant and Duiker
  • Sword Handle of a Pineapple
  • Crown
  • Hat
  • Swordbearer's Helmet
  • Soul Washers’ Disks and a Stool Ornament
  • Soul Washers’ Disks
  • Pectoral
  • Pair of Sandals
  • Crown
  • Necklace and Bracelet
  • Ring
  • Ring surmounted by an umbrella, stool, and sword
  • Rings with Starbursts
  • Amulet Armbands
  • Armband
  • Pair of Bracelets
  • Victorian-style Bracelets with Hearts
  • Gem Bracelets
  • Coins Depicting Queen Victoria
  • Ring
  • Ring with Two Snakes
  • Rings in gold, decorated with enamel and semi-precious stones
  • Victorian-style Rings and Pendants
  • Victorian-style Earrings of Lions, Butterflies, and Eagles
  • Bracelets in the form of Watches
  • Bracelet
  • Bracelet
  • Bracelet
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PublisherThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Description: The Glassell Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Masterworks of...
~~Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. (1913–2008), was a prominent Houston collector and philanthropist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence and to the betterment of the many communities that make up Houston. His passion for collecting was kindled during his childhood. He learned about the geography of the world by collecting...
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Pre-Columbian is a term used to classify artworks created before the discovery of America in 1492. It is derived from the name of Christopher Columbus, who described the new land as one of “incalculable gold.”Christopher Columbus, “Letter from Christopher Columbus to Luis de Santangel,” in...
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Indonesia, a country comprised of more than seventeen thousand islands, is located north of Australia and south of Malaysia. A crossroads of trade, these islands had contact with merchants from China, India, Southeast Asia, Arabic lands, and, finally, from Europe. Many islands have developed individual artistic styles that reflect local and foreign influences.
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From ancient times, cultures throughout the world have valued and created gold artworks as dazzling symbols of power and wealth. This was especially true in the gold-rich forest region of West Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean of present-day Ghana, once known as the Gold Coast, and the area now called the Côte d’Ivoire.
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The Glassell Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Masterworks of Pre-Columbian, Indonesian, and African Gold
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