After our long walk through the city of D.C. we took an Uber to the National Mall. The first Smithsonian museum that we visited was the National Museum of African Art.
When you walk into the museum...
Reliquary guardian figure, late 19th century to early 20th century
Stool, mid to late 19th century
Door and Frame, Swahili artist, Tanzania
19th century, wood and metal
Amhara artist, Ethiopia
Shield, early 19th century
Somali artisit, Mocadishu, Somalia
Necklace with amulet case
Mid 20th century
silver alloy, plant fiber, synthetic amber
One of my favorites its called "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon".
by Xu Bling (b. 1955)
Here is how to read it...
This is an oil lamp, bowl with cover and ewer.
They are all from the Angkor period (11th-13th century).
The best blue and white collection I have ever seen.
This is called the "Princess from the Land of Porcelain".
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Oil on canvas
Gilt copper with semiprecious stones and traces of vermilion
This was a massive collection of pottery.
This was a pretty peony floral arrangement and it was real!!
It was a great visit and I am glad we were able to squeeze this in. I really enjoyed the blue and white exhibit. It was my favorite!
(photos via Mrs. Shockley)