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Gregg Swem Collection of Mayan Artifacts

Identifier: MSS-4255

Content Description

The collection contains ten artifacts: (1) a classic period Mayan effigy of bird; (2) a bowl 7" diameter with some peeling exterior, chip at rim; (3-7) five Huastec and Nayarit head fragments ca. 400-800 AD; (8) a classic Maya Guatemala figure (head, left shoulder and chest), ca. 600-900 AD, 5.5 in; (9) a classic period Mayan bowl and stand 2.5" high; (10) an effigy bowl with animal face at rim (lacks part of face) with polychrome, 3.5" high.


  • 250-900 AD

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Pre-Columbian art and artifacts refers to the visual arts of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, North, Central, and South Americas, until the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and the time period marked by Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. The cultures of these indigenous people prior to and even after European exploration and explotation of the Americas, produced a wide variety of visual arts, including painting on textiles, hides, rock and cave surfaces, ceramics, wood panels and many other surfaces. These ancient artisans used a wide variety of materials in the creation of objects that were not just for decoration, but that also could have a cultural or spiritual meaning.


2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



A collection of Pre-Columbia artifacts


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Processed by Martha Bace, 2019


Guide to the Gregg Swem Collection of Mayan Artifacts
February 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266