Georgia Welles Apollo Society purchases three significant Native works for Toledo Museum of Art.
TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
The Toledo Museum of Art has recently acquired three significant Native American works of art. The objects were purchased from three separate galleries in Santa Fe and New York with funds from the museum’s Georgia Welles Apollo Society. The group has purchased more than 50 works of art for the museum in the past 30 years.
The objects include a classic Acoma manta, embroidered around 1850. The designs on the manta combine Spanish floral motif with design elements from the Anasazi. Also acquired is a polychrome clay jar, which would have been used to store and transport wheat and corn, created in the Santo Domingo Pueblo during the late 19th century. The model teepee cover acquired was created in the mid19th century, and exemplifies traditional teepee construction and pattern. The earth and sky are symbolically depicted on the hide.
“These stunning objects truly exemplify the collective spirit of the Apollo Society and the museum’s collections policy to acquire works of the highest quality in a variety of media,” says museum director Brian Kennedy. “They also represent our goal to broaden our collecting practices to include more indigenous works of art, historical and contemporary, from around the world.”
Acoma Pueblo Embroidered Manta, ca. 1850. Lac-dyed raveled yarns, indigo and natural brown/black handspun yarns, 44 x 49½". Toledo Museum of Art,
Toledo, Ohio. Gift of The Georgia Welles Apollo Society, 2017.13.