Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Exhibit: Objects of Belief from the Vatican: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the de Young Museum February 9–September 8, 2013

From the vast holdings of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, the de Young will display 39 rarely seen works from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas that reflect indigenous religious cultures.The presentation will enable visitors to learn about the local and global significance of the objects and their journeys without the imposition of a single dominant cultural storyline.

The objects on view have been selected for their artistic and cultural significance and span more than four centuries and three continents. Highlights include two masks and three shrine carvings obtained in 1691 by Fray Francisco Romero in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta; three figurative sculptures representing the gods Tu and Tupo sent by the first missionary in Mangareva to Pope Gregory XVI in 1837; and a 15th-century stone sculpture created in Mexico of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.

de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Museum Hours
Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm, last ticket 4 pm
Friday (March 29–November 29, 2013) 9:30 am–8:45 pm, last ticket 8 pm
Closed Mondays

$10 Adults; $7 Seniors (65 and above); $6 Students with current ID; $6 Youths 13–17. Members and children 12 and under are free. General admission is free the first Tuesday of every month.

Tickets can be purchased on site and on the de Young’s website: deyoungmuseum.org. Tickets purchased online include a $1 handling charge.

Group ticket reservations available by emailing groupsales@famsf.org
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