The Egyptian and Prehistoric collection. Pottery, glass, porcelain. Japanese exhibit.
In galleries 7, 8, and 9 are arranged various small but representative and very beautiful collections. It is scarcely possible to do more than mention them.
The Egyptian and prehistoric collection is mainly the result of the work of one excavator. Notice the rare carved ivory handle of a flint knife in the wall case.
The Tiffany glass is a representative exhibit. Beside this is Venetian glass of the XVIth, XVIIth, and XVIIIth centuries.
There follow cases of Saracenic and Persian pottery, Italian majolica, and a collection of English glass.
The Woodward collection of Greco-Roman glass in gallery 8 contains some very rare pieces. Here also are some Roman pavement mosaics and a beautiful Pompeian frescoe.
Gallery 9 is filled with textiles and the wall cases with European porcelain and majolica. The stained glass window representing a woman scattering roses is by LaFarge.
Textiles are also in gallery 10. Number 49 is a very early embroidery, 1400 A. D. ; the cope, no. 29, has the Venetian arms upon it. The enameled terra cotta lunette in this room, "The Resurrection," is the largest work by Giovanni della Robbia that is known outside of Italy.
Returning to the central section, the west wing is filled with an American Indian exhibit, and we continue our tour by descending to the ground floor.
Here, turning toward the entrance of the Museum, we descend a few steps to the Japanese exhibit, which covers a period from about three hundred years ago down to the time when the Western influence began to be felt. It is arranged by subjects—showing costumes, manners and customs, games, household utensils, festivals, armor, shrines, and also the making of Japanese color prints.
Returning to the corridor opposite the elevator, we see the very fine collection of Oriental costumes. This is also arranged by subject and displays beautiful textiles and embroideries in characteristic designs. The period represented is the last hundred years. At the end of the hall is a seated Tibetan statue, Kwanon, Goddess of Mercy.
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