Dunbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, DC

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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, an institute of Harvard U. dedicated to supporting scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. Located in Georgetown and bequeathed by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes scholars to consult its books, images, and objects, and the public to visit its garden, museum, and music room for lectures and concerts.

The Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art includes objects from Meso-america, Central and South American cultures. Among its inventory are stone sculptures of the Aztec, Mayan and Olmec cultures.

Many examples in the finest of Jade. ceramics cover the Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, Mixtec, Chavin and Inka cultures. There is an example modeled limestone in the likeness of the head of a Mayan king from Palenque. Other stonework includes finely sculpted anthropomorphic figurines, stone vessels and polished jade ritual objects from Olmec, Veracruz, and Teotihuacan cultures. Numerous ceramic vessels that are decorated with both painted and carved imagery. There are also molded and painted ceramics of the Nasca, Moche, and Wari cultures.There are several gold and silver objects from the Chavín, Lambayeque, Chimú, and Inka cultures.

The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection is one of the worlds best. There are more than 1,200 objects from 300 AD to 1400. There are numerous gold and silver religious vessels. There is an extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine jewelry.

Orkide48 says:
Sounds very interesting and the pics of the flowers are gorgeous and colourful. My favourite flower is the orchid:):)
Posted on: Jan 31, 2009
Koralifix says:
Sounds nice ... and I like the colorful and detailed photos :)
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
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