Intersections

Harnessing Spirits

Fantastic forms and composite motifs make manifest the forces of the spirit world and the diverse beings and animals who populate it. In life many of these animals can pose real dangers, but they can also be sources of food, shelter, trade, and spiritual mediation. Animal traits often serve as metaphors for human behavior, and animals themselves may have properties that are efficacious for healing, protection, or empowerment. Many of the objects on view here work to summon spiritual power through forms that blur the boundaries between animals and humans, nature and culture.

  • X65.4024 Crest-style frontlet headdress

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    Object Name: Crest-style frontlet headdress

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Nisga’a

    Place of Origin: British Columbia, Canada

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Dimensions: DIAM: 20.3 cm

    Medium/Materials: Leather, vegetable fiber, sea lion whiskers, wood, abalone shell, paint, flannel

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

    Accession Number: X65.4024

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  • X65.4267 Mask

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    Mask
    Tsimshian peoples, British Columbia, Canada
    19th century
    Wood, shells
    X65.4267; Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

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  • X65.4280 Mask

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    Object Name: Mask

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Kasaan Haida

    Place of Origin: Alaska, United States

    Date/Era: Circa 1875

    Dimensions: H: 58.40 cm, W: 67.30 cm, D: 17.00 cm (H: 23 in, W: 26.5 in, D: 6.7 in)

    Medium/Materials: Wood, graphite, paint, wool, synthetic fabric, metal, cotton cord

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

    Accession Number: X65.4280

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  • X65.4284 Headdress

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    Object Name: Headdress

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Haida

    Place of Origin: British Columbia, Canada

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Dimensions: H: 68.6 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood, pigment, fiber

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

    Accession Number: X65.4284

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  • X65.5653 Hornbill figure (kenyalang)

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    Object Name: Hornbill figure (kenyalang)

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Iban peoples

    Place of Origin: Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

    Date/Era: 19th to early 20th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood, paint, cotton thread, plant material, wool

    Dimensions: H: 57.20 cm, D: 86.40 cm, W: 14.00 cm (H: 22.5 in, D: 34 in, W: 5.5 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

    Accession Number: X65.5653

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  • X67.1115 Ancestral spirit figure

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    Object Name: Ancestral spirit figure

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Biwat peoples

    Place of Origin: Yuat River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

    Date/Era: 19th century or earlier

    Medium/Materials: Wood, shells, beads, plant fiber

    Dimensions: H: 28 in, W: 3.7 in, D: 4 in (H: 11.0 in, W: 1.4 in, D: 1.6 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

    Accession Number: X67.1115

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  • X73.631 Mgbedike mask

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    Object Name: Mgbedike mask

    Artist: Ezeki Ngwo

    Culture: Igbo peoples

    Place of Origin: Awkuzu, Nigeria

    Date/Era: Circa 1940-1950

    Medium/Materials: Wood, plant fiber, fabric, mud, paint, teeth, seeds

    Dimensions: H: 96.5 cm, W: 50.0 cm, D: 50.0 cm

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. W. Thomas Davis.

    Accession Number: X73.631

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  • X76.1970a Mask, Barong

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    Mask, Barong
    Bali, Indonesia
    Early to mid-20th century
    Wood, leather, twine, wire, hair, mirrors, paint
    H: 31.0 cm, W: 46.0 cm, D: 26.0 cm (H: 12.2 in, W: 18.1 in, D: 10.2 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift. X76.1970a

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  • X84.715 Rattle

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    Rattle
    Tlingit peoples
    Alaska
    19th-early 20th century
    Wood, pigment, seeds
    L: 9.6 cm, H: 30.5 cm, D: 10.5 cm (L: 3.8 in, H: 12.0 in, D: 4.1 in)
    Gift of Dorothy M. Cordry in memory of Donald B. Cordry. X84.715

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  • X87.8 Decorative panel for chief’s doorway

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    Object Name: Decorative panel for chief’s doorway

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Bahau peoples

    Place of Origin: Mahakam River, East Kalimantan [Borneo], Indonesia

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood

    Dimensions: H: 95cm

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. The Jerome L. Joss Collection.

    Accession Number: X87.8

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  • X92.78 Shrine sculpture

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    Object Name: Shrine sculpture (izemize)

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Ishan peoples

    Place of Origin: Nigeria

    Date/Era: 19th-20th century

    Dimensions: H: 201.0 cm, W: 70.0 cm, D: 13.0 cm (H: 79.1 in, W: 27.5 in, D: 5.1 in)

    Medium/Materials: Wood, pigment, cloth, string, fiber, chalk

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Jerome L. Joss.

    Accession Number: X92.78

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