"Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art”

Today’s cat ladies have nothing on ancient American societies!"Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art” currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts,Houston, explores the role animals played in ancient American cultures, helping those societies navigate the world around them. “Ancient Americans didn’t see animals as separate beings. They were part and parcel of this world that they lived in, and their understanding of the world was assisted by animals,” Chelsea Dacus, assistant curator of the museum’s Glassell Collections, tells us. We’re not talking puppies and kittens here; think jaguars, pelicans, felines, harpy eagles and killer whales.

“Fangs, Feathers, and Fins” is the first exhibit of its kind at the museum. “It’s presenting our permanent collection of Mesoamerican and South American art thematically in a way that they haven’t been presented before and likely won’t appear again.” The exhibit includes more than 200 objects, including ceramics, jewelry, ornaments and monuments dating from 3300 BC to 1550 AD. There are vessels made by the Maya and Olmec of ancient Mexico, a feather tunic from the Nasca people of Peru and gold ornaments from the Tairona culture of Colombia.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through January 25. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‐639‐7300 or visit mfah.org. Included with paid $15 general admission.
Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays, 12:15-7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Jan. 25, 2014

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