Exhibiting Historical Art: Out of the Vault: Stories of People and ThingsMain MenuWorld MapClick pins to learn more about the object that originated thereTimelinePre-Columbian Gold Headband800 A.D. - 1500 A.D.Gold Eagle PendantsSepik River Headrest20th centuryStatue of Saint Barbara17th century France, polychromed wood, artist unknownCabinet door from the Imperial Palace of Beijing with Imperial DragonChen Youzhang, 1755Bronze LampHead of John the BaptistLauren Linquest, '19Ida Rubenstein, 1909 Sculpture by Jo DavidsonCassone ChestWater-Carrier Vase with Bamboo Pattern and BambooLenore Vanderkooi, 1996Lotus Flowers in a Wood VaseRevolutions Per Minute: The Art RecordOpening page
12016-04-07T13:21:08-07:00Sarah Robinsondfb2f746938b5c0a5b771e15293b8c60ba96c31c85324plain2016-04-16T13:33:15-07:00Sarah Robinsondfb2f746938b5c0a5b771e15293b8c60ba96c31cThe Bribri people are indigenous to the low-lying coastal areas of southern Costa Rica and northern Panama, and they are the original inhabitants of Talamanca. The principal deity, in Bribri mythology is called Sibo or Sibu (creator of all things), and often manifests itself in the form of a kite or a buzzard wearing a collar around its neck. Cultural heroes fend off hawks and "King Vultures" that swoop down upon unsuspecting mortals. Human beings depicted in the grasp of raptor beaks may represent such cultural heroes being carried down from heaven.