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  • The Flowering of Long Life and Health

    Looking closely at this flower-like object crafted in Jingdezhen, you may notice that it has two layers of what could be petals (12 in total) that swirl in a counter-clockwise direction.

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  • From Architecture to Art

    Start by looking at the solid navy square in the center of this quilt by Lucy T. Pettway and let your eye travel outward to take in the progressively larger squares delineated in thin stripes—like frames for paintings or photos.

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  • What's in a flag?

    A collection of brightly colored flags hangs from the ceiling in Stephanie Syjuco's Rogue States—each one with a distinct design.

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  • Shedding Light on a Loved One

    Henry Ossawa Tanner described this painting as “a hurried study of my dear father,” a remarkably humble assessment of this beautifully rendered and sensitive portrait.

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  • Designing in Crisis

    The Traction Leg Splint pictured is the result of the designers Charles and Ray Eames using their experience making furniture with plywood to craft a new kind of leg splint for injured soldiers during World War II.

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  • Adornment and Identity

    Though this vest—designed for a boy by a Lakota artist—is small, it is rich with beadwork designs in red, white, blue, and green against a background of clear glass beads on leather.

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  • Mother Power and Protection

    This polished wood nkisi sculpture from the Democratic Republic of the Congo depicts a young woman sitting proudly with mirrored eyes, iron earrings, and an elegant high cap. At her midsection sits a rounded, mirrored area.

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