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Status and Prestige

Personal power may be expressed through articles of status and prestige worn on the body or displayed in the home. Found in almost every culture, prestige objects often serve to augment a person physically or metaphorically. They may include emblems, insignia, or jewelry; objects made from rare and precious materials; labor-intensive works of art; and things of beauty, refinement, elegance, and grace. This section features prestige articles in materials ranging from gold and ivory to jade and brass, and it highlights complex artistic technologies such as lost-wax casting, appliqué, goldsmithing, ceramic manufacture, and precision carving.

  • X2001.11.95 Lamp

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    Object Name: Lamp
    Artist: Unknown
    Place of Origin: Nepal
    Date: 19th century
    Dimensions: H: 22.30 cm, W: 15.80 cm, D: 29.90 cm
    Materials Used: Brass
    Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.95

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  • X2004.17.14 Lega mask

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    Mask
    Lega peoples
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Ivory
    H: 16.90cm, W: 8.20 cm, D: 2.60 cm.
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Jay T. Last. X2004.17.14.

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  • X2004.17.6 Lega Anthropomorphic figure – bust

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    Anthropomorphic figure – bust
    Lega peoples
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Ivory
    H: 13.90 cm, W: 7.10 cm, D: 8 cm.
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Jay T. Last. X2004.17.6.

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  • X2005.18.2 Figure

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    Object Name: Figure

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Maya

    Place of Origin: Jaina Island, Mexico

    Date/Era: 600 – 900 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic, pigment

    Dimensions: H: 17.3 cm, W: 8.5 cm, D: 8.5 cm (H: 6.8 in, W: 3.3 in, D: 3.3 in)

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

    Accession Number: X2005.18.2

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  • X2005.18.3 Figure

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    Object Name: Figure

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Maya

    Place of Origin: Jaina Island, Mexico

    Date/Era: 600 – 900 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic, pigment

    Dimensions: H: 20.0 cm, W: 7.5 cm, D: 6.7 cm (H: 7.9 in, W: 2.9 in, D: 2.6 in)

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

    Accession Number: X2005.18.3

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  • X2012.15.9 Acrobat effigy vessel

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    Object Name: Acrobat effigy vessel

    Artist: Unknown

    Place of Origin: West Mexico

    Date/Era: 1200 – 1500 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic, gesso, mineral pigments, gold leaf

    Dimensions: H: 14 cm

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Fantel Collection.

    Accession Number: X2012.15.9

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  • X65.3763 Figurative cup

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    Object Name: Figurative cup

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Kuba peoples

    Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Medium/Materials: Wood

    Dimensions: H: 22.5 cm

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

    Accession Number: X65.3763

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  • X65.5451 Figurative cup

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    Object Name: Figurative cup

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Kuba peoples

    Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Dimensions: H: 25 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood, beads

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

    Accession Number: X65.5451

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  • X65.6165 Miniature mask

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    Miniature mask
    Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    19th century
    Ivory
    X65.6165; Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

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  • X65.7474 Oil dish

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    Object Name: Oil dish

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Tsimshian

    Place of Origin: Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada

    Date/Era: 19th century

    Dimensions: L: 24.5 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood, paint

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

    Accession Number: X65.7474

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  • X65.8159 Headdress

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    Headdress
    Paiwan peoples
    Taiwan
    Early 20th century
    Cotton, glass beads, teeth, claws, hair, feathers, shell, fiber, yarn, bamboo, metal, brass
    H: 47.0 cm, W: 32.0 cm, D: 10.0 cm (H: 18.5 in, W: 12.6 in, D: 3.9 in)
    Museum purchase. X65.8159

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  • X65.8524 Armlet

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    Armlet
    Asante peoples
    Kumase, Ghana
    Before 1874
    Gold
    H: 5.2 cm, W: 6.0 cm, D: 5.2 cm (H: 2.0 in, W: 2.4 in, D: 2.0 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.8524

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  • X65.8525 Gorget

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    Gorget
    Asante peoples
    Kumase, Ghana
    Before 1874
    Gold
    H: 12.5 cm, W: 14.3 cm, D: 2.1 cm (H: 4.9 in, W: 5.6 in, D: .82 in)
    Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.8525

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  • X65.9085 Plaque

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    Object Name: Plaque pendant

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Edo peoples

    Place of Origin: Kingdom of Benin, present-day Nigeria

    Date/Era: Circa 1550-1650 C.E.

    Dimensions: H: 16.8 cm, W: 15.1 cm, D: 5.0 cm (H: 6.6 in, W: 5.9 in, D: 1.9 in)

    Medium/Materials: Brass

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

    Accession Number: X65.9085

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  • X65.9087 Belt mask

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    Object Name: Belt mask

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Edo peoples

    Place of Origin: Kingdom of Benin, present-day Nigeria

    Date/Era: 18th century

    Dimensions: H: 19.0 cm, W: 11.7 cm, D: 5.7 cm (H: 7.4 in, W: 4.6 in, D: 2.2 in)

    Medium/Materials: Bronze

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

    Accession Number: X65.9087

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  • X65.9129 Altar tusk

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    Object Name: Altar tusk

    Artist: Unknown, probably commissioned by Oba Osemwende

    Culture: Edo peoples

    Place of Origin: Kingdom of Benin, present-day Nigeria

    Date/Era: Early 19th century

    Medium/Materials: Ivory

    Dimensions: H: 180 cm, DIAM: 12.1 cm

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

    Accession Number: X65.9129

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  • X67.881 Necklace

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    Object Name: Necklace

    Artist: Unknown

    Cultural Group: Zande-Mangbetu peoples

    Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Date: 18th-19th century

    Dimensions: H: 33.00 cm, W: 38.00 cm, D: 3.80 cm

    Materials Used: Hippopotamus teeth, hide, metal

    Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X67.881

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  • X73.273 Xipe Totec effigy vessel

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    Object Name: Xipe Totec effigy vessel

    Artist: Unknown

    Place of Origin: West Mexico

    Date/Era: Circa 1200 – 1500 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic, slip, gold leaf

    Dimensions: H: 16.2 cm

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. Arthur Addis.

    Accession Number: X73.273

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  • X77.486 Necklace

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    Necklace
    Yemen, obtained in Israel
    19th-early 20th century
    Silver
    H: 37.0 cm, W: 38.0 cm, D: 1.0 cm (H: 14.5 in, W: 14.9 in, D: .39 in)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene L. Trope in memory of Sophia Friedman. X77.486

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  • X80.1144 Jade mask

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    Jade mask
    Olmec peoples
    Veracruz, Mexico
    Pre-classic, 1000-500 B.C.E.
    Serpentine, pigment
    H: 15.2 cm, W: 11.3 cm, D: 4.8 cm (H: 5.9 in, W: 4.4 in, D: 1.9 in)
    Gift of Mr. Dennis Carlson and Mr. J. Clinton Shaver. X80.1144

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  • X82.1545 Container in the form of a sarimanok bird

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    Object Name: Container in the form of a sarimanok bird

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Maranao peoples

    Place of Origin: Mindanao, Philippines

    Date/Era: 19th to early 20th century

    Dimensions: Wood, horn, metal

    Medium/Materials: H: 22.8 cm, L: 43.8 cm, W: 10.5 cm (H: 8.9 in, L: 17.2 in, W: 4.1 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Lloyd Davis.

    Accession Number: X82.1545

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  • X85.446 Pectoral ornament (sipattal)

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    Pectoral ornament (sipattal)
    Isneg peoples
    Apayao, northern Luzon, Philippines
    Early-mid 20th century
    Shell, beads, string
    H: 24.0 cm, W: 19.0 cm, D: 1.0 cm (H: 9.4 in, W: 7.5 in, D: .39 in)
    Gift of Mrs. W. Thomas Davis. X85.446

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  • X85.864 Figure

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    Object Name: Figure

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Olmec

    Place of Origin: Central Mexico

    Date/Era: Pre-Classic, 1000 – 500 B.C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Jade

    Dimensions: H: 18.0 cm, W: 7.5 cm, D: 3.0 cm (H: 7.1 in, W: 2.9 in, D: 1.2 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. Harry M. Brittenham.

    Accession Number: X85.864

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  • X86.904 Skirt

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    Skirt
    Kuba peoples
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    19th century
    Raffia and natural dye
    L: 404.0 cm, D: 74.0 cm (L: 159.0 in, D: 29.1 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Christensen Fund. X86.904

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  • X87.1321 Pendant

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    Pendant
    Mikisi Mihasi
    Luba peoples
    Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    18th-19th century
    Hippopotamus tusk
    H: 10.0 cm, D: 3.0 cm, W: 5.5 cm (H: 3.9 in, D: 1.2 in, W: 2.2 in)
    The Jerome L. Joss Collection. X87.1321

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  • X88.680A Linguist staff

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    Object Name: Linguist staff

    Artist: Osei Bonsu (1900 – 1977)

    Culture: Asante peoples

    Place of Origin: Kumasi, Ghana

    Date/Era: Circa 1930

    Dimensions: H: 38.5 cm

    Medium/Materials: Wood, gold leaf

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Steve and Linda Nelson.

    Accession Number: X88.680A

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  • X91.297 Tusk

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    Tusk
    Kongo peoples
    Loango Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Circa 1850
    Ivory
    L: 42.5 cm, W: 6.5 cm, D: 4.5 cm (L: 16.7 in, W: 2.6 in, D: 1.8 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. The Jerome L. Joss Collection. X91.297

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