Museum of Primitive Art

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Nazca Double Spout Bottle, depicting hummingbirds feeding on flowers painted at the base of each spout. Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1962–1978. [1]

The Museum of Primitive Art, is a now defunct museum devoted to the early arts of the indigenous cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.[2] It was founded in 1954 by Nelson Rockefeller, who donated his own collection of Tribal art. The museum opened to the public in 1957 in a townhouse on at 15 West 54th Street in New York City. Robert Goldwater (1907–1973) was the museum’s first director. The museum closed in 1976, and its collections were transferred to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[2]


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  1. ^ Double Spout Bottle
  2. ^ a b ""Museum of Primitive Art." The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2008". Retrieved 2010-12-23.