Peabody Museum Collections Series

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Gifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Edwin Curtiss Collection

Gifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Edwin Curtiss Collection

House, John H.

In 1879 Edwin Curtiss set out for the wild St. Francis River region of northeastern Arkansas to collect archaeological specimens for the Peabody Museum. By the time Curtiss completed his fifty-six days of Arkansas fieldwork, he had sent nearly 1,000 pottery vessels to Cambridge and had put the Peabody on the map as the repository of one of the world’s finest collections of Mississippian artifacts. House brings us a lively account of the work of this nineteenth-century fieldworker, the Native culture he explored, and the rich legacies left by both.

Cover: Painted by a Distant Hand: Mimbres Pottery from the American Southwest

Painted by a Distant Hand: Mimbres Pottery from the American Southwest

LeBlanc, Steven A.

Highlighting one of the Peabody Museum’s most important archaeological expeditions—the excavation of the Swarts Ranch Ruin in southwestern New Mexico by Harriet and Burton Cosgrove in the mid-1920s—Steven LeBlanc’s book features rare, never-before-published examples of Mimbres painted pottery, considered by many scholars to be the most unique of all the ancient art traditions of North America.

Cover: Collecting the Weaver's Art: The William Claflin Collection of Southwestern Textiles

Collecting the Weaver's Art: The William Claflin Collection of Southwestern Textiles

Webster, Laurie D.

This is the first publication on a remarkable collection of sixty-six outstanding Pueblo and Navajo textiles donated to the Peabody Museum in the 1980s by William Claflin, Jr. Claflin bequeathed to the museum not only these beautiful textiles, but also his detailed accounts of their collection histories—a rare record of the individuals who had owned or traded these weavings before they found a home in his private museum.

Cover: Feeding the Ancestors: Tlingit Carved Horn Spoons

Feeding the Ancestors: Tlingit Carved Horn Spoons

Victor-Howe, Anne-Marie

Feeding the Ancestors presents an exquisite group of carved spoons from the Pacific Northwest that resides in the collections of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Hillel Burger’s beautiful color photographs reveal every nuance of the carvers’ extraordinary artistry. Anne-Marie Victor-Howe provides a fascinating glimpse into these aboriginal subsistence cultures as she explains the manufacture and function of traditional spoons. This is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of Pacific Northwest Coast peoples and their art.

Cover: A Noble Pursuit: The Duchess of Mecklenburg Collection from Iron Age Slovenia

A Noble Pursuit: The Duchess of Mecklenburg Collection from Iron Age Slovenia

Greis, Gloria Polizzotti

Gloria Greis incorporates previously unpublished correspondence and other archival documents in this colorful account of the Duchess of Mecklenburg and her work. The sites excavated by the Duchess, which encompass the scope of Iron Age cultures in Slovenia, form an important resource for studying the cultural history of the region. A Noble Pursuit presents a selection of beautifully photographed artifacts that provide an overview of the scope and importance of the collection as a whole and attest to the enduring quality of the Duchess’s pioneering work.

Cover: Artistry of the Everyday: Beauty and Craftsmanship in Berber Art

Artistry of the Everyday: Beauty and Craftsmanship in Berber Art

Bernasek, Lisa

Artistry of the Everyday presents the Peabody Museum’s collection of arts from the Berber-speaking regions of North Africa. The book gives an overview of Berber history and culture, focusing on the rich aesthetic traditions of Amazigh (Berber) craftsmen and women. The book also tells the stories of the collectors—both world-traveling Bostonians and Harvard-trained anthropologists—who brought these objects to Cambridge in the early twentieth century.

Cover: The Moche of Ancient Peru: Media and Messages

The Moche of Ancient Peru: Media and Messages

Quilter, Jeffrey

Peru’s ancient Moche culture is represented in a magnificent collection of artifacts at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. In this richly illustrated volume, Jeffrey Quilter presents a fascinating introduction to this intriguing culture and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, and religion.

Cover: Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors: The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art

Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors: The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art

Lutz, Maija M.

In the 1950s, Chauncey C. Nash started collecting Inuit carvings just as the art of printmaking was introduced in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). His collection of early Inuit sculpture and prints represents a vibrant period in contemporary Inuit art. Drawing from ethnology, archaeology, art history, and cultural studies, Lutz tells the collection’s story.

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