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Major museum secures donation of 'masterworks' by Native artists

Potter Nampeyo is seen with some of her works, circa 1900. Image: Department of the Interior National Park Service

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will be featuring Native art more prominently thanks to a donation from some well-known collectors.

Charles and Valerie Diker donated 91 "masterworks" that will be exhibited in the museum's American Wing. The collection includes historic pieces like a ceramic jar that was created by potter Nampeyo in the late 1890s and a Yup'ik dance mask that dates to 1900.

“This generous gift will considerably strengthen our holdings of the artistic production of native communities, and we are immensely grateful to our longtime friends and donors Chuck and Valerie Diker for their vision and generosity,” Carrie Rebora Barratt, a deputy director at the museum, said in a press release.

The museum recently concluded the Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection and some of the items that are being donated are drawn from that exhibit.

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