On view through Spring 2016

Mexican tray (batea)

Tray (batea), Mexican, late 18th century.

The objects in this installation embody the legacy of transoceanic trade in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. As ships transported precious goods across oceans, visual styles also stowed away on voyages between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Viewed together, these works reflect a global history in which competing narratives of discovery and colonialism, trade and commodification, are inseparable, revealing material culture’s power to document the impacts of early modern colonial encounters.

Organized by Keely Sarr, Assistant Museum Educator. 


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