Matthew Stirling Examining Pottery

ID: SIA2008-3188

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 7, 1948

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 176, Folder: Album Panama 1948

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Matthew W. Stirling, archaeologist and director of the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology, examines bird effigy pottery in Parita, Herrera, Panama. He appears to be standing inside an area surrounded by a tree trunk fence. A lookout tower that has a ladder leading up to it and a hut are visible in the background. Long tables with pottery on them have been are in the yard. The image was taken by sixth Smithsonian Secretary and ornithologist, Alexander Wetmore, while on one of his many scientific expeditions to the country.


  • Stirling, Matthew Williams 1896-1975
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Photograph Wetmore Neg. # 3495 is from a photo album containing images from Wetmore's Panama trip in 1948.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 176, Folder: Album Panama 1948

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 7, 1948

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  • Archaeology
  • Animals
  • Directors
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Pottery
  • Employees
  • Ethnology
  • Birds
  • Archaeologists
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Herrera (Panama : Province)
  • Herrera
  • Parita
  • Panama


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 4.5w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photogrpahic print

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