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  • Object: Ring

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0576a Finger Ring Mexican American United States 1986 Materials: Metal, rhinestones, synthetic emeralds When visiting the San Antonio Riverwalk you might see the occasional teenage girl dressed in a ball gown. Usually she will be with other young boys and [...]

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  • Object: Torah

    Sep 27, 2018

    2014.4.1 Torah Jewish Texas Mid-19th Century Materials: Parchment, Ink, Cloth, Thread, Metal, Silk, Plastic, Wood Mantle of the Law This object is a Torah (Sefer Torah), which is a sacred text for Judaism. The Torah is a scroll that is [...]

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  • Object: Blanket

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0570c Baby Blanket Fort Worth, Texas 1927 Material: fabric In the Jewish tradition, baby boys are circumcised on the eighth day after their birth, where the foreskin of the penis is cut. This baby blanket was used for the donor’s [...]

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  • Object: Mask

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0083c Mask, Theatrical Mexican Date: Unknown (likely early 20th century) Materials: Wood and Paint Photo via: Kathryn S. (Barr) McCloud This wooden mask is carved from wood and painted red with a black bat on it.  This mask was made [...]

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  • Object: Flag

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0483a Flag Catholic Texas Date: 1987 Materials: Paper, wood Photo via: San Antonio Express News   John Paul II, also known as Karol Józef Wojtyła, was the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Being of Polish [...]

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  • Object: Tipi

    Sep 25, 2018

    EX2015.2.1 (formerly I-0587a) Tipi Native American (inspired) South Dakota Date: 2002 Materials: Bison hide, wood   This reproduction tipi was made in the style of the Sioux tribe of Native Americans, by the internationally recognized buffalo expert and tanner, Larry [...]

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  • Object: Kroj

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0637b Woman’s Kroj costume Czech Czech Republic Date: 20th century Materials: textile Map via: Google maps   This Kroj costume consists of a head piece, vest, blouse, collar, apron, sash, petticoats and boots. The donor of this particular example purchased [...]

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  • Object: Effigy

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0198z Judas Effigy Catholic Mexico Date: Unknown Materials: Bamboo, paper mache, paint   On Sabado de Gloria (Holy Saturday), following Good Friday, it is a Mexican tradition to explode paper mache figures with fireworks in large city centers. The paper [...]

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  • Object: Etrog holder

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0512b Etrog Holder Jewish Date: Unknown (likely 20th century) Materials: metal Texas, being so large and home to such a large population, is one of the most diverse states in the United States. One of its most beautiful attributes is [...]

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  • Object: Helmet

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0178b Helmet Prussian/German Germany Date: 1916 Material: Leather, metal Photo via: WHKMLA: Historical Atlas, Prussian History This helmet is a standard model Prussian pickelhaube, an iconic emblem of the Prussian Army and of Imperial Germany. The name roughly translates to [...]

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