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chaeology from Peru, Mexico and Venezuela. Especially of value are a mirror frame from Peru, and Mexican stone objects.

Mr. Frederick M. Johnson - A collection of 183 pieces of archaeology from different locations of the United States, many of them from Connecticut.

Mrs. Mable Dodge Luhan - A collection of five specimens of Mexican ethnology, unique to our Museum.

Mr. Albert S. Pinkus - Twenty-nine specimens of archaeology and ethnology from British Guiana, among which are types of pottery new to our collections.

Through the generosity of the Getty family, of Yonkers, the Van Buren Collection of valuable old baskets is now the property of the Museum.

[[underlined]] COLLECTIONS ACQUIRED. [[/underlined]]

While on a visit to British Columbia and Alaska, during the summer, the Director obtained some old specimens that fill gaps in our collections; the most noteworthy being a unique ceremonial wood carving forty-two feet long. This carving, showing slight traces of red and blue painted decoration, consists of a cross piece representing the mythical double-headed snake with a human head in the center, and three upright posts, two of which represent human figures, and the center one an eagle.

It was erected at Dsawadi, Knights Inlet, British Columbia, about 1884 by Chief Mamalils during the annual gathering of the southern Kwakiutl for colachan fishing, at which time the chief gave a large potlach.

Honorable James Dunsmuir purchased this ceremonial carving in 1913 and re-erected it at his residence, Hatley Park, Esquimalt, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where it remained until August 1938, when it was purchased from the estate of Mrs. James Dunsmuir by the Director.

Possibly it was originally intended to erect a large house behind
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