introduction
BEGINNINGS:
THE PHOEBE HEARST ERA (1902-1920)


THE PHOEBE HEARST COLLECTIONS
01. CEREMONIAL ADZ

02. POI BOWL, CARVED KO WOOD

03. FIGURE FOR MALAGAN CEREMONY

04. FABRIC PANEL AND SKULL BOWL

05. FIGURE OF A FARMER AND CHICKEN, IVORY

06. PRAYER STONE

07. PRAYER BEADS

08. SADDLE, PAINTED WOOD

09. KEY AND LOCK

10. PAINTING, RAWHIDE

11. KACHINA DOLL, BUTTERFLY MAIDEN (PALHIK MANA)

12. WEDGE-WEAVE BLANKET

13. SILVER JEWELERY

14. “EGYPT, ABU SIMBEL”

15. “NIMAN KACHINA DANCERS”

16. “THE EVENING CHANT”

GUATEMALA
NATIVE CALIFORNIA
ALASKAN ESKIMO
PHILIPPINES
ANCIENT NORTH AMERICA
ANCIENT PERU
ANCIENT egypt
ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN

TRANSITION (1920-1945)

EXPANSION (1945-1960)

CULMINATION (1960-1980)

RECENT YEARS (1980-2001)

RECENT ACQUISITIONS



"Egypt, Abu Simbel"
Watercolor by Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950), 1899
Collected by Phoebe A. Hearst.
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Joseph Lindon Smith, Rhode Island-born and Paris-trained, was famous for his paintings of ancient Egyptian ruins and artifacts. In November 1898, he traveled to Egypt on a whim, sailing up the Nile to the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel. While painting the colossal statues, built for Ramesses II (Pharaoh of the 19th dynasty, 1292-1190 B.C.), he was discovered by Phoebe Hearst, then on her first trip to Egypt. She was so impressed with his work that she immediately bought eight of his paintings, four of them sight unseen. Later, at a dinner party given by Mrs. Hearst, Smith met George A. Reisner, her field agent in Egypt. After 1905, when Reisner joined the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Smith became a staff-artist for his expedition team.