Ge­or­gia Welles Apollo So­ci­ety pur­chases three sig­nif­i­cant Na­tive works for Toledo Mu­seum of Art.

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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.

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