Staff Pick | Mingei International Museum

Mingei staff loves the Museum's collection just as much as our visitors and fans. This is a collection of just a few of our favorites.


Hollow Form (Vessel)

1969 United States of America

Our Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer, Jessica York, chose this stunning hollow vessel for her staff pick. Made by Laura Andreson in 1969, this piece features a metallic, iridescent glaze, a centuries old technique that is today known as “lusterware”.

An Alebrije is a brightly colored Mexican Folk Art sculpture typically depicting a mythical creature. This Alebrije has the body of a caterpillar, 4 webbed feet and a creature-like face. It’s green with yellow spots and its underbelly is pink with red veins spidering out. It's has large, human-like ears, an antennae on top of its head. Its face has large expressive eyes, with stripes on its face and its mouth is open exposing its sharp teeth.

Alebrije (Fantasy Figure)

1978 Mexico

Charles Thunyakij, Outreach Coordinator and Education Specialist at Mingei International Museum, choose for his staff pick an Alebrije. This object of pure fantasy is constructed out of lacquered and painted paper mache.

Tarahumara/Rarámuri Woman's Skirt and Top

20th Century Chihuahua, Mexico

Tarahumara women, also known as Rarámuri, continue to hand-sew dresses in this style to preserve their culture.

This necklace is a mix of materials such as cotton rope, glass and silver. In the center is a silver medallion and to either side of the medallion are glass beads. Some of the glass beads are made to look like coral..

Makinak (Necklace)

20th c. Oman

This stunning yet humble necklace is part of a recent acquisition from the Carolyn Dreyer Omani Wedding Silver Collection.

There are three milliner's store head forms. The two on the right face the one on the left.  The two on the right have short black hair. The one on the left has long black hair. They are all light complexioned.

Milliner’s Head Forms (marotte)

c. 1870-90 France

These three stylish ladies are head forms, used in a milliner’s store window to tempt passersby in late-nineteenth-century France.

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