Collection Artwork

replica of pre-Columbian earthenware vase
probably 1950s
galvanized steel, plaster, paint
Alva Studios, Inc. (born established New York, 1949)
Artist Unknown (Pre-Columbian, from what is now Ataco, El Salvador)
object size: 12 x 5 x 5 in.
Moreen O'Brien Maser, Class of 1926, Memorial Collection
made in New York, New York, United States, North America
ML1982.249
Marked in mold, lower part of cylinder, near base: Reproduction. Smithsonian Institution / United States National Museum / © 19[illegible] Alva Studios, Inc., N.Y.
Label, torn at right side, adhered, underside, typewritten: AUTHENTIC, COPYRIGHTED REPRODU[CTION] / MADE FROM THE ORIGINAL AT THE / SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION / WASHINGTON, D.C. / BY ALVA STUDIO, INC., NEW YOR[K]

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Pattern by Jonnea Herman ’18
Inspired by the annual February Tang <3 Students Event
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.