The Jim and Nancy Blair Meso-American Art Collection
goes on exhibit Friday, March 20, at the Museum of Native American History
in Bentonville, a private museum founded by garden center owner David Bogle
. The collection has been donated to the museum.
Jim Blair started collecting Pre-Columbian artifacts in the 1960s, when he was paid for his legal services with several pieces. In a press release from the museum, Blair is quoted as saying his favorite works in the collection include his Colima dogs, effigy vessels depicting what are thought to be the hairless ancestors of the chihuahua: "A lot of the time there is no written language left behind...but you can tell the people were very playful with a sense of humor. There is a strong mystical quality once I came to connect with it."
The museum is located at 202 S.W. O St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
A $3 million gift from Blair, a former Tyson Foods attorney, made possible the Fayetteville Public Library in 2002.