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Beaded collar (<em>ingqosha</em>), Xhosa artist, South Africa
Beaded collar (ingqosha), Xhosa artist, South Africa

A relatively humble example of Xhosa beadwork became a potent symbol of tradition as well as a statement of defiance in South Africa.

Man’s robe (<em>boubou</em> or <em>kusaibi</em>), unrecorded Mandinka artists
Man’s robe (boubou or kusaibi), unrecorded Mandinka artists

The boubou is a distinctive type of prestige dress worn by well-to-do men and women across a wide swath of western Africa.

<em>Ibadandun</em> woman’s wrapper, unrecorded Yoruba artist
Ibadandun woman’s wrapper, unrecorded Yoruba artist

The art of adire is one of continual change and innovation adapting to shifting social and economic circumstances.

Francisco Oller, <em>Hacienda La Fortuna</em>
Francisco Oller, Hacienda La Fortuna

Oller's Hacienda La Fortuna was painted as Puerto Rico experienced an intense transition at the end of the Spanish-American war.

The Dutch art market in the 17th century
The Dutch art market in the 17th century

More than 5 million artworks were produced in 17th-century Holland in the span of about 100 years

Painting Brazil for the Dutch art market, Frans Post, <em>Landscape with Ruins in Olinda</em>
Painting Brazil for the Dutch art market, Frans Post, Landscape with Ruins in Olinda

Idealized depictions of sugar plantations and African laborers in Dutch-colonial Brazil were popular in the Dutch art market in the 17th century

Model of the Dutch East India Company ship “Valkenisse”
Model of the Dutch East India Company ship “Valkenisse”

From Asia to the Netherlands, the Dutch East India Company dominated maritime trade in the 17th and 18th centuries

Depicting Judaism in a medieval Christian ivory
Depicting Judaism in a medieval Christian ivory

With two figures representing the Church and the Synagogue, this work demonstrates how Carolingians were negotiating the relationship between Christianity and Judaism

Rhod Rothfuss, <em>Yellow Quadrangle</em>
Rhod Rothfuss, Yellow Quadrangle

Rothfuss, an important voice in Latin American modernism, rejects recognizable forms by breaking the frame

<em>The Prato Haggadah</em>
The Prato Haggadah

This unfinished Hebrew manuscript meant for a Passover ritual helps us understand how medieval manuscripts were made

Michaelina Wautier, <em>The Five Senses</em>
Michaelina Wautier, The Five Senses

This willfully forgotten Dutch artist explores how we experience the world around us during the time of the Scientific Revolution

Symbolism and meaning in Dutch still life painting
Symbolism and meaning in Dutch still life painting

This collection of objects speaks to the international mercantile culture and wealth of the Netherlands in the 17th century.