This section considers these ideas in relation to the objects and their makers. It celebrates the artists of these works as important cultural actors and demonstrates how artists from the societies represented were pioneers and explorers. Pushing the boundaries of the knowable world through their creations, they produced channels through which humans could mediate myriad relationships, both earthly and divine.
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Artist: Jumai Pitiri Gulcoss
H: 11.5 cm, Diam: 24.0 cm (H: 4.5 in, Diam: 9.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Barbara Rubin-Hudson. X83.687
Bamboo, tree root, rattan
H: 45.5 cm, W: 29.0 cm, D: 27.0 cm (H: 17.9 in, W: 11.4 in, D: 10.6 in)
Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X87.171
Object Name: Chair of power (kiti cha enzi)
Culture: Swahili peoples
Place of Origin: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Medium/Materials: Wood, ivory, string
Dimensions: H: 123.0 cm (H: 48.4 in)
Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Steve and Linda Nelson.
Accession Number: X89.367
Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua (New Guinea), Indonesia
19th-early 20th century
H: 18.0 cm, W: 16.5 cm, D: 5.5 cm (H: 7.1 in, W: 6.5 in, D: 2.2 in)
The Jerome L. Joss Collection. X92.16
Areca nut cutter, pair of lovers
Tamil Nadu, India
L: 16.0 cm, W: 10.5 cm, H: 4.0 cm (L: 6.2 in, W: 4.1 in, H: 1.5 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Samuel Eilenberg. X95.38.75
Object Name: Crown
Artist: José Rodriguez (b. 1956)
Place of Origin: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Culture: Yoruba peoples
Dimensions: W: 22.0 cm, D: 24.0 cm, H: 60.5 cm (W: 8.7 in, D: 9.4 in, H: 23.8 in)
Medium/Materials: Beads, thread, feathers, fabric, wood, shells
Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum purchase, Commissioned by the Fowler Museum.
Accession Number: X95.5.1
Object Name: Stirrup spout bottle
Place of Origin: Peru, north coast
Date/Era: 100 – 800 C.E.
Dimensions: H: 24.9 cm, W: 18.5 cm, D: 22.0 cm (H: 9.8 in, W: 7.2 in, D: 8.6 in)
Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Franklin D. and Judith H. Murphy.
Accession Number: X96.8.62