20th Century Tag

  • 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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  • Japanese Abacus

    Japanese Abacus

    Oct 04, 2018

    Before the invention of the computer or calculator, merchants used counting boards or an abacus to keep track of inventory and their finances. The abacus replaced other primitive counting devices such as fingers, sea shells and small rocks or sticks. [...]

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  • Sauerkraut Grinder

    Sauerkraut Grinder

    Oct 04, 2018

    Grinders and shredders would have been a staple kitchen tool in many American households prior to the widespread use of electricity. These tools were used to make a variety of food products, and were key to making everything from sausage [...]

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  • Object: Scythe

    Object: Scythe

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0376a Scythe 19th – 20th century Materials: Iron and wood Man harvesting grain with scythe. Image by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-40790-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. The scythe has been around for centuries. Scythes are used as a tool for [...]

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  • Object: Doll

    Object: Doll

    Oct 03, 2018

    I-0277a Doll Mexican 20th Century Materials: Wood, Fabric, and Hair This doll is a figure of a dancing woman wearing a stylized Hispanic dress. Dresses like these were typically worn in a traditional Mexican folk dance. Baile Folklórico is Spanish [...]

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  • Object: Comb

    Object: Comb

    Oct 03, 2018

    I-0647a Comb, Ornamental Mexican Mexico 20th Century Materials: Plastic This comb was donated by a descendant of Dr. Aureliano Urratia, who was an exile from Mexico during the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Before the revolution, Mexico was led by Porfirio Diaz. [...]

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