The de Young Museum in San Francisco through Sept. 8 is hosting the first exhibit outside the Vatican dedicated solely to the Catholic Church.
Among the pieces are a Mexican stone sculpture representing the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl or “feathered serpent”; a bark mask crafted for the pope in Tierra del Fuego nearly 100 years ago; and a rare carved wooden representation of the god Tu sent to the pope in 1836 from missionaries in the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia.
The exhibit also includes two pieces of Christian art. One is a bronze crucifix made by the Bakongo people of Congo in the 17th century. The other is a wampum belt sent to the pope in the 1830s from the Algonquin tribes near Quebec.