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"This May Surprise You"
October 15-December 17, 2016
A 16th century illustrated book about the Aztec culture; a Samurai suit; an indigo wrap for a wealthy African woman; the self-portrait by a 19th century Memphis artist; an antique precursor of Japanese "manga"; a Mexican folk art "tigre" mask among a host of creature masks from around the world; two paintings by one of the greatest European modern masters; a tapestry by a beloved Memphis artist; the newly revealed Egyptian snake mummy; a royal chair from Cameroon; a 5th-6th century Egyptian textile with dancers, a fabulous Nigerian beaded priest's tunic...
Opening Reception: Friday, October 14, 4:30-7:00 pm

image detail captions from left to right:

“Dancers in Arcade” (detail), Ancient Egypt, Antinopolis attributed (Coptic Period, 4th-6th Century) Linen and Dyed Wool, 9” X 14” Gift of C.H. Sibal Family Trust, 1999

“Point Out" (detail), Shigeru Taniguchi (Japan), 1982, screen print with silk chine collé, 25” x 23"

Priest’s Tunic (detail), Yoruba, Nigeria, Africa, 20th century, cloth, shell and beads, 47" x 29,” Gift of Martha and Robert Fogelman, 2008

Kente Cloth (detail), Ashanti, Ghana, Africa, 20th century, Woven cloth, 83" x 43 ¾”

Illustrated page (detail), Fray Diego Durán (Spain), La Historia antigua de la Nueva España, ca 1585, hand colored 19th century lithographic facsimile, 12 ½" x 9 ½”
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By: Art Museum University of Memphis