Today, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Godwin-Ternbach Museum honors the mostly anonymous women artists, makers, artisans, and creators, of ancient to modern textiles, ceramics, and basketry in our permanent collection. Though women have been fully contributing to creative and practical efforts in these realms for millennia, their contribution has been challenged and even minimized by scholars and historians alike. Recent research contests these commonly held beliefs through scientific testing and rigorous analysis.
For example, Max G. Levy (https://www.sapiens.org/author/max-levy/) reports that female ceramicists in Greece are now thought to be the true artisans behind the complex painted patterns on the Dipylon amphora of nearly 2,800-years-ago depicting a funeral scene.
Based on the research of University of Toronto’s Sarah Murray and her colleagues, Murray demonstrates that the geometric patterns in clay bear a strong relationship to weaving, typically the realm of women. “The fact is that the style seems to be inspired by textiles is kind of like the big, blaring horn,” she says. “Women are almost always the weavers.”(www.jstor.org/stable/10.3764/aja.124.2.0215. Accessed 19 Mar. 2021.)