Vol. I. No. 2. (January, 1903)
A rare collection, pp. 4-9
Kept at home, p. 9
and of the hundred specimens no two are alike, but many contain the form of the owl-the bird of wisdom. Upon a shelf of fret work the pottery of the Zuni, the Hopi, San Ildefonso, Maricopa and Navajo of modern make and quaint design stand guard over rare specimens of prehistoric ware dug from mounds in New Mexico and Arizona. To take article by article of this rare collection and describe its beauties would be to write a volume. It is a museum in itself and to the ethnologist affords a rich treat and to the layman a lesson in the almost unknown study of the art of an interesting people we are pleased to term savages. Kept at Home N last month's Papoose mention was made of the valuable collection of Brazilian materials on ex- hibition in New York and the hope expressed that the collection as a whole might remain in this city. This was made possible through the generosity of a gentleman well known to scien- tific peopleof both continents, the Duc de Loubat. In spite of the fact that his own inclination leads him to make Mexican research an almost exclusive study he departed from this line that the collection from the Xingu of South America might remain intact in the American Museum of Natural History. The Duc de Loubat (Joseph F. Loubat) has been a liberal and intelligent patron of science. He has given over $250,000.00 for the study of Americana alone. He has estab- lished a chair of Anthropology in the University of Berlin and another in the College of France. Prizes for Anthropological research have been given by this enthusiast in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, New York, and Sweden. He enriched Columbia University of this city by a gift of $1,000,000.00. He has been interested in Mexican Exploration work for several years and has defrayed expenses for archaeological research in that country, the work being done by Mr. Marshall H. Saville of the American Museum of Natural History, the material going to that institution. In connection with his Mexican work he has published reproductions of the ancient Mexican picture writings on maguey-paper and deer skin, known as Codices. Seven of these wonderful keys to the culture of the ancient people have thus been placed in the hands of students for comparative study and through the good offices of this gentleman an eighth has been added to the list. The Brazilian collection is his second gift to the Museum since the Congress of Americanists.
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