Art Collection Category

  • Chinese Dragon Head Stage Puppet

    Chinese Dragon Head Stage Puppet

    Jul 25, 2019

    Dragons appear in multiple cultures around the world. Though their appearance, meaning and significance varies between cultures, humans remain fascinated with the mythical creature. Western dragons from European myths typically have four legs and large wings. Quetzalcóatl from the Aztec [...]

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  • Kickapoo Mortar and Pestle

    Kickapoo Mortar and Pestle

    Jul 25, 2019

    Mortar and pestles have a long history and varied uses by cultures around the world. The tool has been used to grind or crush all types of materials for centuries. They are used for cooking, medicines, alchemy, rituals, makeup, gunpowder, [...]

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  • M1917 Enfield Rifle Commemorative Plaque

    M1917 Enfield Rifle Commemorative Plaque

    May 07, 2019

    This object is a M1917 Enfield rifle mounted on a commemorative wooden display donated to the ITC by Colonel William Mastoris Jr. The object was originally gifted to Colonel Mastoris by his company in honor of his leadership as a [...]

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  • Chinese Huqin

    Chinese Huqin

    Oct 15, 2018

    The Chinese violin on display in the Music Room area of the Institute of Texan Cultures is a huqin or “Hu-Chin” which is a general term given to any spiked fiddle. One type of huqin, called the “erhu,” is identified [...]

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  • Gude’s Pepto-Mangan Bottle

    Gude’s Pepto-Mangan Bottle

    Oct 04, 2018

    Before there were pharmacies, people would go to their neighborhood chemist and into their neighborhood apothecary. Inside this shop you could find liniments, ointments and other medicinal to help aid in healing. Apothecaries used plants and other substances to make [...]

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  • Travis Club Cigar Box

    Travis Club Cigar Box

    Oct 04, 2018

    This cigar box in the Institute of Texan Cultures collections was for a private blend of cigars, made especially for the exclusive Travis Club in San Antonio. They were produced by the Finck Cigar Company in San Antonio, Texas. In [...]

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