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Portrait of Francis Williams
England/Jamaica (c. 1745)
Oil on canvas
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Francis Williams (1700-1771), the earliest Black writer recorded in the British Empire. He reportedly studied in London and went on to teach reading, writing, Latin and mathematics in his native Jamaica. You can read some of his verses here.
European School, Peru
Portrait of King Tupac Yupanqui of the Inca
Spain; Peru (c. 1615)
Oil on Canvas, 60 x 55.2 cm.
Although indigenous people ranked below Spaniards in Spanish America’s social order, direct descendants of pre-Hispanic nobility were afforded certain political privileges, including the right to hold office in local government. In order to legitimize claims to noble lineage in the viceroyalty of Peru, members of the Inca elite often conspicuously displayed in their homes Europeanized portraits of their ancestors, the fourteen ancient Andean rulers.
Aunque los indígenas estaban por debajo de los españoles en el orden social de Hispanoamérica, a los descendientes directos de la nobleza prehispánica se les permitían ciertos privilegios políticos, incluyendo el derecho de tener cargos en el gobierno local. Para legitimar la atribución de linaje noble en el virreinato del Perú, miembros de la élite inca frecuentemente exhibían en sus casas retratos europeizados de sus ancestros, los catorce gobernantes andinos.
Happy Chrysanthemum Day, Japan! Celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth month, this holiday celebrates the flower that is considered the symbol of the Emperor and Imperial family in Japan.
What better way to celebrate than with our hypnotically beautiful Noh robe from 1926-1976 Japan. Currently on view in Gorgeous, this robe consisting of chrysanthemum, iris, cherry and wisteria blossoms will set you in a trance.
Can you even handle that Gorgeous closes this Sunday the 14th?!?! My my how time flies when you’re having fun. Pop in the museum this Thursday the 11th after 5pm and admission is only $5.
att. Hermann Kessel
Reliquary Bust of Saint Gregory the Moor
Germany (c. 1683)
Polychrome and Gilded Wood, 53 cm.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines
Labeled “Amazons” by the national press, women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, one of the most significant peasant-based revolutions in modern Philippine history. As spies, organizers, nurses, couriers, soldiers, and even military commanders, women worked closely with men to resist first Japanese occupation and later, after WWII, tochallenge the new Philippine republic. But in the midst of the uncertainty and violence of rebellion, these women also pursued personal lives, falling in love, becoming pregnant, and raising families, often with their male comrades-in-arms.
Drawing on interviews with over one hundred veterans of the movement, Vina A. Lanzona explores the Huk rebellion from the intimate and collective experiences of its female participants, demonstrating how their presence, and the complex questions of gender, family, and sexuality they provoked, ultimately shaped the nature of the revolutionary struggle.
Vina A. Lanzona is associate professor of history at the University of Hawai’i–Manoa.