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  • Object: Obi

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0323s Obi Japanese Japan Date unknown, likely 20th century Materials: Cloth What is an ‘obi’? This item is an obi (oh-bee), a large sash used in traditional Japanese clothing for women. The obi functions as the tie used to keep [...]

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  • Object: Hat

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0618b Hat Welsh United Kingdom: Wales ca 1840 Materials: Cloth, felt Map of Wales. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Wales is a country in Europe right next to England, on the southwest side of the island of Great Britain. Wales is [...]

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  • Object: Mortar and pestle

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0230f Mortar American Prior to 1980 Materials: Stone When dining at a Mexican restaurant a molcajete like the one pictured above is usually somewhere in sight. It is also commonly found in Mexican households, and is often passed down from [...]

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  • Object: Ring

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0576a Finger Ring Mexican American United States 1986 Materials: Metal, rhinestones, synthetic emeralds When visiting the San Antonio Riverwalk you might see the occasional teenage girl dressed in a ball gown. Usually she will be with other young boys and [...]

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  • Object: Trick or Treat Bag

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0482s Bag American United States 1950’s Materials: Wax Paper, Ink Halloween is this Friday, which means it will be a night of costumes and, of course, Trick or Treating. Trick or Treating is an integral part of Halloween celebrations for [...]

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  • Object: Doll

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0277×3 Doll European or Latin American 20th century Materials: Cloth, metal & plastic This doll shows a bullfighter, leaning out of the way of a charging bull. Originally introduced to the Americas by the Spanish, bullfighting has long been a [...]

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  • Object: Fan

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0323w Fan, Hand Japan Mid- 20th Century Materials: Bamboo, silk Japanese (samurai) Edo period fan with wood ribs and an iron outer cover “gunsen”. Image via Samuraiantiqueworld. This item is a Japanese fan, more specifically a Suyehiro. It is believed [...]

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  • Object: Certificate

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0393d Certificate, First Communion German-American New Braunfels, TX 1867 Materials: paper, wood Photo via: KGNB 1420 AM, http://kgnb.am/news/local-churches-offer-special-services-remember-reason-season This is a framed First Communion Certificate, from St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, Texas. In the Catholic faith, [...]

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  • Object: Mask

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0083c Mask, Theatrical Mexican Date: Unknown (likely early 20th century) Materials: Wood and Paint Photo via: Kathryn S. (Barr) McCloud This wooden mask is carved from wood and painted red with a black bat on it.  This mask was made [...]

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  • Object: Loom

    Sep 25, 2018

    Photo via: WDICT I-0230a Back-strap Loom Latin American Mexico Date: 20th century Materials: Wood, textile   Weaving has been a valuable art practiced around the world for thousands of years, across many cultures. Although now widely replaced with mass production [...]

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