Folk Art of the Americas is a significant part of the Museum’s collection and contains nearly 3,000 objects from North, Central, and South America while utilizing various materials such as wood, metal, clay, lacquer, glass, papier-mâché, and many others. It has its origins in indigenous, ancient Indian cultures, European material culture, and reflects the unique aesthetic and cultural sensibility of the New World. It derives from the natural desire to elaborate, decorate, and beautify the mundane. It is through these works that the attitudes, habits, and sensibilities of a culture are revealed.
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