Diorama of early native Americans in Kentucky


Accession Number: 2003.185.69

Description: The painted plaster diorama shows figures of a man who is using a rock as a tool, a woman who is grinding corn with a stone, and a baby lying in a carrier. They are at an entrance to a cave. Sky and a distant mountain are painted on a cardboard background. The diorama is displayed in a wood case, painted gold, with a top-hinged lid that can be propped open, and is viewed through a front glass-enclosed opening. The back panel of the case is hinged at the bottom and fastens at the top with a metal hook. A small portion of a paper label with black lettering is loose from the case has "Home Life, Kentucky Indians, 14th Century" printed on it. A Kentucky School for the Blind property label with number 107197 is attached to the front right of the case. Diorama was made by Works Progress Administration employees as part of a museum education project and was used at the Kentucky School for the Blind. A small piece of the plaster is broken off at the base where the man is located.

Date Made: ca. 1940

Collection: KSB Collection

History/Provenance: KSB Collection

Credit Line: Gift of the Kentucky School for the Blind, 2003.185

Subjects: History. Instructional aids, tools, and supplies. Kentucky Indians.

Dimension Notes: 9 x 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Made: Kentucky Museum Project, WPA

Material: Plaster, wood, glass, cardboard

Updated: 06/24/2021