Image: Lidded Injera Basket (detail), mid-20th century, Ethiopia, coiled raffia palm. 1978-13-018

The word feast evokes enticing aromas and tastes, enjoyed as part of a communal, ceremonial event or perhaps a private, domestic one.

Highlights

Polychrome “Chip and Dip” Vessel

700-1100 C.E. Panama

Pottery from Coclé culture of pre-Columbian Panama is known for its strong structural forms and elaborate designs executed in slip-painted terracotta.

Restaurant Scene

2006 Mexico

This elaborately conceived piece won 2nd prize in a Day of the Dead festival in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, a region famous for its ceramic handicrafts.

Lidded Injera Basket

Mid-20th Century Ethiopia

No microwave required, this basket was made to keep food warm.

Rug Depicting Corn with Birds

c. 1910-1920 USA

This Navajo rug is a weft tapestry woven of handspun wool.

Bowl (Ümeke)

19th century USA

This bowl was hewn by hand from Kou, a prized wood that has become very scarce in Hawaii.

Shitta Kanban for Greengrocer

Late 19th Century Japan

Merging art and commerce with the primary aim of standing out in crowded street, kanban are precursors to the neon signs ubiquitous in Tokyo today.