Acquisitions to the Mesoamerican Collection

Screen Shot 2020 10 07 At 8 Maize Goddess Effigy Urn, 500 BCE–700 CE, Monte Alban IIIb Zapotec culture, 500 BCE–700 CE, Oaxaca, Mexico. Earthenware, 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (34.29 x 23.5 x 21.59 cm) Gift of Mrs. William J. Gallagher Jr. 2020.010.001

The Snite Museum of Art announces five gifts to the Museum’s distinguished Mesoamerican collection.

Mr. William J. Gallagher Jr. ND’1950, was one of the original lenders of Pre-Columbian objects to the Snite Museum of Art when it opened its doors in the fall of 1980. These early loans from the Gallagher Family were foundational objects for the development of the Pre-Columbian and Mesoamerican collections during the Museum’s first years. All five gifts, four on long-term loan, will increase the number of works in their respective cultural groups in the collection.

William J. Gallagher Jr. passed away in the fall of 2017. His widow, Maureen Smith Gallagher, remarked that

Notre Dame was always central to my husband’s life, and he ended up becoming friends with Doug Bradley, the late curator of Mesoamerican art at the Snite Museum of Art. As a result of this friendship, Bill developed an interest in Mesoamerican culture and the Snite Museum of Art. I wish to honor my husband by donating these artifacts to the Snite Museum so that others can, likewise, gain an interest in, and an understanding of, not only Mesoamerican culture but also an appreciation of the fine collections at the Snite.

“We are honored by the longstanding support and thoughtfulness of the Gallagher family. Their contributions to our Mesoamerican collection and their desire to honor the Museum and its staff are deeply appreciated.” —Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Director, Snite Museum of Art

The donated objects are a Monte Alban IIIb Zapotec Goddess Effigy Urn, a Tres Zapotes IV Veracruz Ritual Performer Tripod Figure, a Colima Tripod Olla, a Veracruz Tlazolteotl Priest Figure, and a Colima vessel in the shape of a pair of ducks.

Screen Shot 2020 11 04 At 11 Ritual Performer Tripod Figures, 700–900 CE, Tres Zapotes IV culture, 600–950 CE Veracruz, Mexico. Slipped and painted earthenware 21 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (53.98 x 29.85 cm) Gift of Mrs. William J. Gallagher Jr. 2020.010.002

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