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Archaeology and Anthropology

Collections relating to the study of world cultures.

Archer's Thumb Rings

Archer's Thumb Rings

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

This exhibit presents selections from the Museum's collection of over 500 archer's thumb rings in the Grayson and Browne collections. Highly decorated rings were often made for ornamental purposes and as symbols of status rather than for actual use in shooting the bow and arrow.

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Cuneiform Tablets in the Cuneiform (Digital Library Initiative at UCLA)

Cuneiform Tablets in the Cuneiform (Digital Library Initiative at UCLA)

Contributed by: University of Missouri-Columbia Special Collections

A collection of eight rare cuneiform tablets including a messenger tablet; a letter tablet; a large contribution list tablet; a business contract tablet; a butcher's bill tablet; a temple offerings tablet; a delivery recording tablet; and a tablet purchased in Amuda, Syria whose contents have not been translated.

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Equatorial Africa: Material Culture from Peoples of the Congo, Uganda and Kenya

Equatorial Africa: Material Culture from Peoples of the Congo, Uganda and Kenya

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

An exhibit presenting items related to the lifeways of a number of agricultural and pastoral groups of Equatorial Africa region. These materials from the Museum's ethnographic collections include a variety of weapons, musical instruments, and personal and domestic items.

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Ethnographic Collection

Ethnographic Collection

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

The collection documents historical cultures of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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Grayson Archery Collection

Grayson Archery Collection

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

One of the largest and most comprehensive collections of archery-related artwork collected by Charles E. Grayson. It includes an assemblage of long bows dating from 1850 to the present and the world's only complete collection of flight bows

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Japanese Ivory Carvings

Japanese Ivory Carvings

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

An exhibit presenting a selection of netsuke, okimono, and other Japanese ivory carvings that depict archery-related themes.

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Masks Around the World

Masks Around the World

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

This online exhibit presents examples of masks from the MU Museum of Anthropology's ethnographic collections and demonstrates the wide variety of masks made and used throughout the world.

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Molas: Textile Art of Panama

Molas: Textile Art of Panama

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

Collection of molas which are colorful, multi-layered appliqué panels of blouses worn by Kuna women of Panama. These molas date from the early to late 20th century.

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Nang: Thai Shadow Puppets

Nang: Thai Shadow Puppets

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

Collection of two dozen figures dated from the 1980s, providing examples of the forms and characters used in modern Nang performances.

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Otomi Cutout Figurines

Otomi Cutout Figurines

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

Exhibit of different varieties of Otomi cutout figurines dated to the late 1970s.

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Roman Imperial Coin Portraits

Roman Imperial Coin Portraits

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology

Roman coins exhibited here show examples of Roman Imperial portraits of the 1st and 2nd centuries after Christ.

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Washington University Papyri Collection

Washington University Papyri Collection

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries

445 manuscript fragments, dating from the first century BC to the eighth century AD. The fragments were excavated in 1923 at the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus.

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Where the Wilson Meets the James

Where the Wilson Meets the James

Contributed by: Center for Archaeological Research, Missouri State University and the Missouri Humanities Council

This virtual museum uses archaeological research, artifacts and historic documents to tell the story of the people, cultures, and events where Wilson Creek flows into the James River southwest of Springfield, Missouri, the area commonly known as Delaware Town.

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