The masks of Nunivak Island in Alaska were originally designed by shamans who used the masks during ceremonies to encourage the spirits of animals to return in the spring to provide food for the community. Often depicted are fish, birds, otter and other organisms that constituted the life force of the indigenous people. #nativeamerican #ceremony #mask #alaska @johnmolloygallery
James Havard, Paint People Series, oil on Papier in artist's frame. Exhibited with sculpture by Terry Turrell. A show not to miss. Extended to July 15.
Moccasins, Walking in Splendor This spectacular pair of Southern Cheyenne moccasins have a bold two colored blue background and a single row of tin cones down the center of the vamp. Typical Cheyenne construction, this row of cones is a distinguishing characteristic as well as the bold color format. www.johnmolloygallery.com #uppereastside #nycart #nativeamericanart #moccasins #fancyfootwear #19thcentury
The Greek Hermes or Roman Mercury was the messenger of the gods and moved freely from the heavens and earth. Bronze casts were commonplace in the Ancient era. They represented heroism and greatness for the populace, and embodied the dreams and hopes of men and society alike. Even smaller figures, such as this unique cast, or reductions of larger work in city squares were seen in people's homes proving sophistication, enlightenment and an attachment to the larger great deeds that were important for societal cohesion. Hermes/Mercury calls to memory Rodin's Iris, Messenger of the Gods and Giambologna's masterwork Mercury in the @bargellomuseum in Florence. @edsmithfineart #rodin #giambologna #OfSpiritandSense #currentshow #johnmolloygallery
The distinguished ethnologist John Ewers told me that when he first came to the Smithsonian after WW II, moccasins were the single largest category of Native American material. The spectacular footwear of the Plains Indians was easily recognized by their unique style and beauty by all who encountered them. Paradigms of design and color, this late 19th century Lakota pair perfectly illustrates this point. #johnmolloygallery #nativeamerican #style #art