Intersections

Negotiating Gender

Innumerable objects across time and space articulate concepts of gender and assist men and women to negotiate their differences and their areas of interdependence. Certain works reinforce the power of one gender over the other, while others express the complementarity of female and male attributes. Works of art may also reflect gender roles as they are perceived in the spirit world. The objects shown here demonstrate how cultures devise their own ways of conceiving female and male categories and of translating those concepts into art forms that work to bridge and reconcile differences.

  • X2006.5.1 Gelede Mask

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    Headdress with motorcycle and rider (ere gelede)
    Artist: Eloi Lokossou (Republic of Benin, artistäs dates unknown)
    Yoruba peoples
    Republic of Benin
    Early 1990’s
    Wood and paint
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous Gift. X2006.5.1

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  • X65.4742 Headdress (ere gelede)

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    Object Name: Headdress (ere gelede)

    Artist: Attributed to Labintan (Otta, Nigeria, d. ca. 1930)

    Culture: Otta, Nigeria

    Place of Origin: Yoruba peoples

    Date/Era: Late 19th to 20th century

    Dimensions: L: 31 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood, paint, laundry bluing

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

    Accession Number: X65.4742

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  • X65.5463 Male figure with child on back

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    Object Name: Male figure with child on back

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Teke peoples

    Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Date/Era: Late 19th to early 20th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood, brass, metal

    Dimensions: H: 53.4 cm

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

    Accession Number: X65.5463

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  • X65.7486 Male figure

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    Object Name: Male figure

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Mbole peoples

    Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood, paint

    Dimensions: H: 61.00 cm, W: 16.50 cm, D: 11.00 cm

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

    Accession Number: X65.7486

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  • X65.7488 Female figure

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    Object Name: Female figure

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Luba peoples

    Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Date/Era: 18th – 19th century

    Dimensions: H: 31.00 cm, W: 11.00 cm, D: 12.00 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood, textile, metal beads, fiber cord, pigment

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

    Accession Number: X65.7488

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  • X65.9051 Headdress (ere Egungun olode)

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    Object Name: Headdress (ere egungun olode)

    Artist: Attributed to Adugbologe (d. Circa. 1940)

    Culture: Yoruba peoples

    Place of Origin: Abeokuta, Nigeria

    Date/Era: Made prior to 1922

    Dimensions: H: 45.0 cm, W: 41.0 cm, D: 33.0 cm (H: 17.7 in, W: 16.1 in, D: 12.9 in)

    Medium/Materials: Wood and pigment

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

    Accession Number: X65.9051

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  • X65.9148 Headdress (ere egungun olode)

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    Headdress (ere egungun olode)
    Yoruba peoples
    Nigeria
    19th-early 20th century
    Wood, cotton, cloth, paint
    H: 31.0 cm, W: 47.0 cm, D: 37.0 cm (H: 12.2 in, W: 18.5 in, D: 14.5 in)
    Folwer Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.9148

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  • X67.2033ab Nature spirits (asie usu)

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    Object Name: Nature spirits (asie usu)

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Baule peoples

    Place of Origin: Côte d’Ivoire

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Dimensions: H (female): 45.7 cm; H (male): 48.3 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of George G. Frelinghuysen.

    Accession Number: X67.2033ab

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  • X87.9a,b Knife (piso) and sheath

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    Knife (piso) and sheath
    Batak peoples
    Sumatra, Indonesia
    19th-early 20th century
    Wood, metal, seeds
    H: 26.7 cm, W: 3.0 cm, D: 3.3 cm (H: 10.5 in, W: 1.2 in, D: 1.3 in)
    The Jerome L. Joss Collection. X87.9a,b

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  • X92.2a,b Madebele divination couple

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    Madebele divination couple
    Senufo peoples
    Céte däIvoire
    19th century
    Wood, palm oil, metal
    H: 23.0 cm, W: 7.5 cm, D: 7.0 cm (H: 9.1 in, W: 2.9 in, D: 2.8 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Steinberg. X92.2a,b

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  • X94.18.2 Otherworld husband (blolo bian) & X94.17.2 Otherworld wife (blolo bla)

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    Object Name: Otherworld wife (blolo bla)

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Baule peoples

    Place of Origin: Côte d’Ivoire

    Date/Era: 20th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood and paint

    Dimensions: H: 31.0 cm, W: 7.5 cm, D: 8.0 cm (H: 12.2 in, W: 2.9 in, D: 3.1 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift.

    Accession Number: X94.17.2

     

    Object Name: Otherworld husband (blolo bian)

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Baule peoples

    Place of Origin: Côte d’Ivoire

    Date/Era: 20th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood and paint

    Dimensions: H: 33.6 cm

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift.

    Accession Number: X94.18.2

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