Mantle with Hummingbird Design
The intricately embroidered wool hummingbirds on this burial shroud suggest that it was made for a high-ranking member of the Nasca society. This brightly colored piece is part of Krannert Art Museum's extensive collection of works from the Americas.
Peru, Nasca (ca. 100 BCE). Mantle with hummingbird design (detail). Cotton, alpaca wool. Gift of Fred Olsen and the Art Acquisition Fund 1967-29-56. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.
Part of Japanese culture in its present form since the sixteenth century, the tea ceremony is graceful and contemplative. The cups, bowls, spoons, and pots are often chosen to reflect the aesthetics of the host, provide pleasing shapes to hold, or surprise guests with unexpected patterns when the tea is gone.