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  • Pre-Columbian Collection — Dumbarton Oaks
    sculptures in stone from elegant carvings of Aztec deities and animals to several large relief panels bearing the likeness of Maya kings Other stonework includes finely sculpted anthropomorphic figurines and polished jade renderings of ritual objects from the Olmec Veracruz and Teotihuacan cultures Assorted stone and ceramic vessels are decorated with painted and carved imagery elite portraits and elaborate courtly scenes providing insights into the artistic endeavors and political and ceremonial pursuits of the Mesoamerican elite Also in the collection are molded and painted ceramics of the Nasca Moche and Wari cultures many of them bearing stylized representations of humans animals or supernatural beings Gold and silver objects from the Chavín Lambayeque Chimú and Inka cultures offer evidence of the expertise achieved by Andean metalsmiths while over forty textiles and works in feathers testify to the importance of fiber arts in this region A variety of personal objects in gold shell and semi precious stone were part of the panoply of the elite and attest to differences in taste technology and ideology across the Pre Columbian world Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Museum About Plan Your Visit Guided Tours Byzantine Collection Pre Columbian Collection 50 Years of Pre Columbian

    Original URL path: http://www.doaks.org/museum/pre-columbian (2016-02-18)
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  • House Collection — Dumbarton Oaks
    American artworks and interior furnishings that Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss gave to Dumbarton Oaks in 1940 and 1969 Principal to the House Collection is the Music Room which was designed in 1927 by Lawrence Grant White of the New York City architectural firm of McKim Mead White In the Music Room are displays of tapestries sculptures paintings and furniture dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries Also in the room is a 1926 Steinway concert grand piano signed by Ignacy Paderewski who had played this instrument many times in the home of Mildred Bliss s mother in Santa Barbara California Of particular importance in the House Collection are several masterpieces including the Flemish tapestry The Prince of Malice ca 1470 80 Tilman Riemenschneider s early sixteenth century lindenwood sculpture Virgin and Child on the Crescent Moon and El Greco s early seventeenth century Visitation Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Museum About Plan Your Visit Guided Tours Byzantine Collection Pre Columbian Collection House Collection The Music Room History of the House Collection Browse the Collections Online Galleries and Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Online Publications Museum Volunteer Opportunities Museum Shop Follow Us Newsletter Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1703

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  • Join a Regular Tour — Dumbarton Oaks
    are on view docents conduct free 30 minute tours To join meet at the Visitor Service Desk on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at 3 00 p m Find out more information about the current exhibitions here Selected Historic Rooms Tour Not offered from May 17 through November 30 2016 A guided free 30 minute special tour of the first floor non public historic rooms in the Main House of Dumbarton Oaks including the Founders Room Study and Oval Room is generally offered on the first and third Saturday of each month for up to 10 people Please sign up at the museum front desk before the tour and meet your docent in the Bliss Gallery adjacent to the lobby of the museum at 1 30 p m Architecture Tour Not offered from May 17 through November 30 2016 On the second and fourth Saturday of each month depending on weather conditions docents conduct a 45 minute walking tour of select buildings on the campus of Dumbarton Oaks Please sign up at the museum front desk before the tour The tour will start at 1 30 p m Parts of this tour include the gardens which in keeping with their topography and historic design present several challenges to visitors with mobility impairments including steep inclines slippery surfaces gravel walkways staircases and other impediments Please find detailed information about accessibility here Garden Introductory Tour Not offered during the month of August A brief introductory tour of the gardens takes place at 2 10 p m on Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Saturday depending on weather conditions To join the tour please meet the docent across from the Garden Gate House just inside the entrance to the gardens at R and 31st Streets The gardens in keeping with their topography and historic design present

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  • Guided Tours — Dumbarton Oaks
    museum will not be offered During this time except for the month of August afternoon guided tours of the gardens will continue We apologize for the inconvenience Please click on Join a Regular Tour and receive information about the various free tours and topics we offer Please click on Book a Group Tour to submit an online request form for docent led private tours These pre booked tours are available

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  • History — Dumbarton Oaks
    after giving Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University in 1940 Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss were enthusiastic collectors and judicious patrons of scholarship and the arts A graduate of Harvard University Robert Bliss 1875 1962 pursued a distinguished career as an officer and diplomat in the Foreign Service Mildred Bliss 1879 1969 inherited a fortune from her family s investment in the patent medicine Fletcher s Castoria Sharing a taste in the art of little known or under appreciated cultures the Blisses developed unique collections with the help of knowledgeable friends and scholarly advisors They envisioned Dumbarton Oaks as a home of the Humanities a place of natural serenity and intellectual adventure The Byzantine Collection opened to the public in 1940 The Music Room built in 1928 displays works of art of the so called House Collection and the Pre Columbian Collection was installed in 1963 in a wing added to the existing buildings and designed by Philip Johnson Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Museum About Contact Us Museum Staff Photographic Services Plan Your Visit Guided Tours Byzantine Collection Pre Columbian Collection House Collection Browse the Collections Online Galleries and Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Online Publications Museum Volunteer Opportunities Museum Shop

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  • Byzantine Collection — Dumbarton Oaks
    twelve hundred objects from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries Among the most important objects are treasures of gold silver and bronze vessels used for the celebration of the Eucharist Other outstanding objects are late Roman and Byzantine jewelry cloisonné enamels glass and glyptics ivory icons and illuminated manuscripts The collection s emphasis on objects of precious materials underscores the conception of Byzantine art as luxury art Nevertheless many of these objects plates boxes belts lamps and even jewelry had a practical function in Byzantine life The collection includes also large scale works of art such as mosaics from Antioch and relief sculpture from the late Roman to Middle Byzantine periods as well as more than two hundred textiles and comprehensive holdings of coins and seals Although the collection focuses on Byzantine art it comprises objects of Greek Roman and western Medieval art works from the Ancient Near East Pharaonic and Ptolemaic Egypt and Islamic cultures Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Museum About Plan Your Visit Guided Tours Byzantine Collection History of the Byzantine Collection Coin and Seal Collections Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection Pre Columbian Collection House Collection Browse the Collections Online Galleries and Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Online

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  • Galleries and Exhibitions — Dumbarton Oaks
    Music Room Additional spaces including the Special Exhibition Gallery the Textile Gallery the Orientation Gallery and the Rare Book Gallery house changing exhibitions on themes selected by the curators Now on View 75 Years 75 Objects September 8 2015 May 22 2016 February Rotation Reuniting While much of art history concerns itself with exceptional or singular pieces many objects in museum collections were manufactured as pairs multiples and even serially produced artworks The objects in this exhibit have been reunited after following parallel or sometimes entirely divergent paths Their trajectories have brought them back together here after spending decades apart On view February 2 28 Curator s Tours February 5 and 19 2016 3 p m Stephens Catherwood Revisited Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time From September 1 2015 in the Orientation and Rare Book Galleries and in an online exhibit Clothing for the Afterlife Textiles from the Pre Columbian Collection October 9 2015 April 3 2016 in the Textile Gallery Textiles more than gold and precious stones marked a person s social status in the ancient Andes The sumptuous attire of the ancient Andes offers a glimpse into the cultures elite lifestyles and their perceptions of the afterlife

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  • Online Exhibitions — Dumbarton Oaks
    who sat on the throne had repercussions throughout the Byzantine world and far beyond Decrees letters judgments and commands left Constantinople every day signed by the emperor in red ink and secured with the imperial seal The designs of the imperial seals provide an insight into the minds and policies of the rulers whose image they bore they tell us not only how they wished to be viewed by the recipients of their letters but also how they viewed themselves The Byzantine Emperors on Coins One hundred twenty seven Byzantine coins one for each Byzantine emperor plus the few usurpers who struck coins are presented in this online exhibition All the objects have been selected from the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Coin Collection in order to present the viewer with a glimpse into one of the largest Byzantine coin collections in the world Leaden Gospels To accompany the 2013 Spring Symposium New Testament in Byzantium this exhibit presents and discusses several of the rare Byzantine lead seals from the collection that depict New Testament narrative scenes and figures Document Actions Print this Share Navigation Museum About Plan Your Visit Guided Tours Byzantine Collection Pre Columbian Collection House Collection Browse the Collections

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