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Anthropology Curation Portal

Welcome to the Anthropology Collections Curation Portal! Know something we don’t know about objects in the anthropology collections at the Field Museum? Please use this portal to add new information to the Museum’s collections database.

North American Obsidian

Obsidian, natural glass formed during volcanic eruptions, was an important raw material in prehistory worldwide.  Obsidian was prized for tool making for a number of reasons, including its workability, sharpness, and visual appeal.  Consequently, prehistoric peoples went to great lengths to obtain obsidian, often from very distant sources.  For archaeologists, obsidian is a powerful tool for understanding prehistoric economy and interaction, because individual obsidian outcrops are usually spatially discrete and chemically distinct from one another.  During the 1960s, ar

Javanese Mask Collection

These masks were brought to the United States by a group of dancers, who performed at the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. Such masks are worn by actors in traditional dance dramas known as wayang topeng. The dancers were from the island of Java in Indonesia.

World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 Collection

When the Museum opened in 1894, visitors could once again experience many of the exhibits they had seen at the fair. Thousands of objects exhibited at the Fair were donated or sold to the new museum, and they have been cared for by the Anthropology Department since then. Many of those objects have not been viewed by the public since 1893!

Fishes Collection Localities

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes recorded collection localities.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Image Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes records that have specimen images. With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Type Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged type specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Cleared and Stained Fishes Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged cleared and stained specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Dried Skeleton Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged dried skeletal specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged specimens. With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.