The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Selected Artifacts from the Herrett Center Collections

Inca(?) (Peru): Continuous supplementary decorative warp textile with repeating monkey design.  Complete piece with four selvages, plain weave foundation of dark blue cotton with natural white cotton supplementary warp. AD 1400-1500: 97.8 x 49.9 cm. (Detail, shown 1.25x actual size.)

Chimu/Lambayeque (Peru): gold plated disc. The figure has raised hands and wears a curved crescent headdress and plain tunic. Ornamentation consists of large circular earspools. AD 1100-1400: 5.3 x 5.3 x 0.1 cm.

Veracruz (Mexico): Smiling figurine with arms outstretched; the head, with a gleeful expression, juts forward showing the teeth; the narrowed eyes are below molded brows. The figurine wears a broad headdress, plain loin cloth and chestband. Ornamentation consists of a necklace with a large bell pendant and ear ornaments. AD 550-950: 28.5 x 13.7 x 8.7 cm.

Colima (Mexico): Effigy incense burner in the form of Tlaloc, the rain god. The obverse figure is surmounted by a single snake protruding above it and is shown with hands on knees. The reverse figure has hands to cheeks. Both show teeth with protruding tongues, pierced chins, earspools, and arm bands. AD 800-1500: 33.2 x 21.3 x 20.0 cm.

Wakashan (Makah or Nootka) (Northwestern U.S./Southwestern Canada): Lidded trinket basket of bear grass closed wrap twining, with cedar bark plaited mat bottom. The lid and base are each decorated with two black and red sea creatures, and two waterfowl. AD 1900s: base 4.9 x 9.4 x 10.1 cm; lid 1.4 x 9.9 x 9.7 cm.