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This mural is a vivid illustration of the indigenous cultures of the world and a dazzling celebration of the depth and breadth of the Bowers Museum. Nearly all of the objects represented here are part of our collection, though not everything is on view right now.

At the far left you'll see a nineteenth century Hopi Katsina doll, and below it is the Jaguar Matete, which you may have seen earlier on your tour. To the right, a seated Huastec woman from pre-Columbian Mexico holds an oversized flower. The center is dominated by a proud Han Dynasty horse, located in the Ancient Arts of China gallery, and in front of his rear flank is a painted Greek vase, called a krater. Snuggled in the lower right is a Colima dog, which is also featured on this tour. At the right is a figure from the interior of a ceremonial house carved by the Abelam of Papua New Guinea.

The artist, Raúl Anguiano, painted this in 1999 here at the Bowers Museum. A well-known and well-respected Mexican muralist, he continued the traditions begun by artists like Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Anguiano was born in 1915 at the height of the Mexican Revolution, and died in 2006. There's a museum dedicated to his work in his home state of Guadalajara.

A second mural, by Anguiano, titled The Maya, can be seen in the Maya gallery.

Step18-Untitled Mural of Bowers Museum Artifacts, Raul Anguiano, c. 1999


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