Speed Art Museum holds permanent collections of art from ancient cultures all over the world.This collection includes earthenware from the Han and Tang Dynasties of China, sculptures from ancient Egypt and Rome and even stoneware from ancient Greece.These pieces are not only beautifully crafted, they also have enormous historical significance as they are all at least 2000 years old.
African and Native American Textile Art. Exquisitely beaded textiles from Native American Ojibwa, Cree, and Lakota artists are included in this collection. These examples of superb, detail craftsmanship where acquired by the museum in the 1930’s and were created in the mid-19th century.Finely detailed textile and ceremonial artifacts from the 17th, 18th and 19th century African artists are also included in the permanent collection.A ceremonial sword, beautifully carved wooden panels, and beaded costumes created by Yoruba, Kuba, and Fang artists where acquired for this collection.These exhibits are culturally significant pieces of art, as they represent artifacts used in important rituals.
European and American Art from the past 700 years is also included in the collection.Hand written books, classical paintings, engravings, and sculptures from Medieval and Renaissance Europe have been acquired over the years.Portraits and oil paintings from 16th and 17th century artists are included, as well as decorative arts from 18th and 19th century European and American artists.Contemporary art includes film exhibitions, photography, textile art, and mixed media pieces.
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