The Collection at the BMA

The Collection

Glossy blackware bowl with Avanyu (water serpent) in raised relief within deeply carved recessed band around bowl; tongue of water serpent in shape of zig-zag terminating in arrow. Areas of the recessed band around Avanyu in matte black.


Abstracted pyramidal shaped figure of seated woman with head and body wrapped in blanket, holding a pot

The Potter

  • Allan Houser, Apache people, Native American
  • bronze
John the Baptist pours water from a bowl onto Christ who stands in a stream. A Dominican nun kneels in the foreground below John and two angels look on in the background.

The Baptism of Christ

Cylindrical urn depicting personage sitting cross-legged with hands resting on feet. Figure wears elaborate headdress and mask; forked tongue emerges from open mouth.

Urn Representing Cosijo, the God of Rain

  • Zapotec culture, Monte Alban, Pre-Columbian
  • fired clay
Flat serpent with head and tail emerging from central coil


  • Gan people, or Lobi people, Burkina Faso, African
  • iron