When Beauty Meets Utility

Calling a Quapaw painted robe made from buffalo hide in the 18th century a “masterpiece” raises perennially vexing questions, in terms of our modern Western understanding of “art,” about an object quite removed from us not only in time but in cultural practices.

The human beings depicted in this particular robe—on loan from the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, and on view through May 10 in the exhibition “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York—are but thickened stick…

Article source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/when-beauty-meets-utility-on-three-villages-robe-c-1740-by-an-unknown-member-of-the-quapaw-tribe-1427491950

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