Seat of Power: Prestige Chairs of the Chokwe

Chair ( Ngundja ), early 20th to mid Century Chokwe culture; Angola Wood, metal and leather; 19 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 13 in. 2007.4.55 Gift of the Roschen Family Trust Have a Seat Driving to and from work, sitting at a desk, relaxing on the couch—we spend much of our time sitting down without paying too much attention to what we are sitting in. But as thr...
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Yam Digging Sticks of the Abelam

Digging Sticks, 20th Century Abelam culture; East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Wood and paint 99.76.141; 2011.13.4; 97.138.1; and 2015.7.2 Anonymous Gift; Bowers Museum Purchase; Anonymous Gift; and Gift of Mr. Michael Hamson Induction In the United States we understand competition all too well. We compete with neighbors over having ...
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Aloys Bohnen: A Cool Summer Night

Detail of Summer Night , c. 1925 Aloys Bohnen (American, 1889-1967) Oil on canvas; 34 x 27 in. 31163 Gift of the James Earl Fraser Estate Into the Grove During the day Californian summers can become oppressively hot—to the point of us wondering if the day’s warmest hours wouldn’t be better passed in siesta. The few respites from this heat can be fo...
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Oh, Say Can You Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw of George Washington, early 19th Century Unknown artist (American); North America Sperm whale ivory and ink; 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. 2011.25.56 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burton W. Fink New England, Old American Carvings Independence Day is the annual celebration of all things American. For most, revelries might include fireworks, barbeque, t...
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Hawaiian Lei Niho Palaoa

Necklace ( Lei Niho Palaoa ), early 19th Century Hawaiian culture; Hawaii, United States, Polynesia Hair, fiber and walrus ivory; 11 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. 2018.5.1 Bowers Museum Purchase Photograph courtesy of Bonhams A New Acquisition When it comes to Hawaiian necklaces, the subject can be a somewhat hairy one, though perhaps not for the reasons...
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The Niue Club in Town

Cleaving Club ( Ula-fumiti ), early to mid 19th Century Niuean culture; Niue Island, Polynesia Wood; 68 7/8 x 5 x 1 ¼ in. 2018.4.1 Bowers Museum Purchase Behold the Cook-o-nut Captain Cook was the first European to travel to Niue, a small island in the middle of Polynesia, when he landed ashore late in the spring of 1774. His welcome to the small t...
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Father’s Day Pipe Dream

Pipe, 1000-1700 Chumash culture; California Steatite and clam shell beads; 1 9/16 x 1 x 12 3/16 in. 80017 Fred Randolph Aldrich Collection This is a Pipe Does the apotheotic father smoke a pipe? Perhaps he has not since at least the 1950s. Still though, a dad casually puffing on a pipe—maybe on a Sunday morning while reading the paper, fooling arou...
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Hewes-ed from Stone

Busts of David Hewes and Franklina Gray, 1877 Giuseppe Andreoni (Italian, 19th Century); Pisa, Italy Marble; Various Dimensions 2697, 32782 Gifts of Mrs. D. Eyman Huff and Mr. & Mrs. James A. Moore Total Bust With American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times having just left the Bowers Museum this past weekend, the portraits section of the ...
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Who Answers the Cries: Guanyin at the Bowers

Guanyin Seated on a Lotus Flower, late Ming Dynasty (1600-1643) Han culture; China Wood and pigments; 49 x 16 x 11 in. 2005.37.1 Gift of Anne and Long Shung Shih Mercy Me Whether or not you recognize the name, if you have been to the Bowers you have seen at least one representation of Guanyin, the adopted Chinese bodhisattva and goddess of mercy. W...
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Kept in Suspense: The Samban of the Iatmul

Suspension Hook (Samban), c. 1930 Iatmul culture; Suapmeri Village, Middle Sepik River region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania Wood and pigment; 25 1/4 × 14 1/2 × 4 in. 2017.1.1 Bowers Museum Purchase Whoa Black Betty, Tshambwan Save perhaps for weekend trips to big box Swedish furniture stores, we generally do not spend m...
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Manilla Portfolio: West African Worn Currency

Manillas, 19th Century Unknown Manufacturer; probably Birmingham, England Leaded brass; Various Dimensions 2003.43.72-.79 Anonymous Gift Who wants to be a Manillionaire? Some might like to make a grand show of wealth, but along the cost of West Africa, one could literally wear their net worth on their sleeve up until the mid 20th Century. At least ...
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Maud “The Mom” McBroom

Basketry Olla, early 20th Century Pima culture; Arizona, United States Bear grass, willow and devil’s claw; 11 3/4 × 9 1/4 in. 2018.3.3 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John and Elizabeth Stahr That’s Moms Moms are a fairly universal force of good in the world, seeking more often than not to safeguard their children’s wellbeing and ensure their happiness. Top ...
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These Are Not the Sculptures You’re Looking For

Ancestor Figure, 20th Century Sukuma culture; Tanzania Wood, metal and hair; 63 in. 2002.58.1 Gift of Heather Sacre May the Fourth… In an annual celebration of culture, science fiction, and a beloved galaxy not too near to here, the Bowers Blog once again uses May the Fourth to take the hyperspace plunge. Last year we featured a miniature made from...
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Two Photographers Outside of Orange, California

Bowers Museum’s Bell Tower, c. 1932 Edward W. Cochems (American, 1874-1949); Santa Ana, California Photographic print; 11 x 14 in. 38107.11 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Borders Same Blog, New Home This week the Bowers Blog is happy to announce a re-release on a new platform! As we continue to improve the way in which we share our collections, we ...
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The O'odham Maze of Life and Personhood

Plaque with "Labyrinth" Design, 20 th  Century Pima culture; Southern Arizona Willow, devil's claw and tule; 15 1/2 in. 30070 Gift of Mrs. Mary J. Newland Theseus, He Pleases Us Labyrinths play important roles in many cultures’ stories, persisting into modern pop culture with novels, film, and television. In HBO’s hit series Westworld , it is ...
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Three Vignettes of Frank Coburn

Street Scene in the Rain, c.1921 Frank Coburn (American, 1862-1938) Oil on canvas; 23 × 27 1/2 in. 3953 Gift of Georgia DeLong in memory of her brother, Frank Coburn Beginning For painters like Frank Coburn, capturing beauty began with finding it in places where few others could see it. Much of Coburn’s oeuvre is represented by the bright and pictu...
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Fair Weather Friends: 19th Century Parasols

Parasols, 19th and 20th Centuries Possibly Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) and Unknown Makers; France and England Wood, metal, silk, cotton and pigments; Various dimensions 32172C, 7992D and 7992A Gift of Mrs. G. W. Pike (32172C) and Irene P. Cutter Memorial Doll Collection (7992D and 7992A) Parasols for Paris Souls The science of selecti...
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The Magnificent Floyd

Floyd E. Stewart Performing Magic, c. 1936 Edward W. Cochems (American, 1874-1949); Santa Ana, California Photographic print; Various Dimensions 36247.3,.4 Gift of Mrs. Weston Walker April Fools bring May LOL’s It takes a rare skill to fool others, especially in a way which delights and entertains rather than leaves one somehow feeling cheated. The...
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The First Warbles of Spring

Scene from Tale of Genji Chapter 23, “Hatsune (First Warbler)”, 1890 Yōshū Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838-1912); Tokyo, Japan Woodblock print on paper; 21 1/2 x 33 in. 94.64.8 Gift of Mr. William Drell Tale of the Equinox Spring is in the air! The spring equinox, which occurred Tuesday, March 20 th , provides the possibility for rebirth, renewal, and re...
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Shamrocks for a Glam Box: Placentia Mutual's Signature Brand

Shamrock Brand Citrus Crate Label, 1930-1939 Western Lithograph Company (American, 1908-1985); Los Angeles, California Chromolithograph; 10 x 10 ¾ in. 82.59.2 Gift of Mr. Andrew E. Coen St. Patrick’s Day Stereotypical symbols like leprechauns and their pots of gold may seem hackneyed, but the shamrock—characteristically a species of three-leaf clov...
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Lucy Lewis (1898-1992)

Jar, c. 1981 Lucy Lewis (1898-1992); Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico Clay and paint; 5 x 10 1/4 in. F81.61.1 Gift of the Artist Potter of the Century Photograph of Lucy Lewis painting a vessel. With the influx of western products that the pueblos of the American Southwest saw during the 19 th Century, many traditional Native American art forms such as pot...
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Marvel of Design: Sources for Costume Design in Black Panther

Gold Ear Ornaments ( Kwottenai ), 20th Century Fulani culture; Mali Gold and yarn; 9 x 8 1/2 in. 97.13.1.1-.2 Gift of Bowers Museum Collector's Council Wakanda Forever Marvel Studios’ newly released Black Panther (2018)—a film about T’Challa, the superhero monarch of the fictional African nation of Wakanda—features an incredible fusion of tradition...
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Grand Admiralty Island Feast Bowl

Feast Bowl, late 19th Century Matankol culture; Lou Island, Admiralty Islands, Manus Province, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Wood and parinarium nut paste; 24 ½ x 54 ½ x 41 in. 2018.1.1 Bowers Museum Purchase Homes on the neighboring M'Buke Island. Photograph by Peter Keller, 2006. King of Bowls Of the many types of wooden bowl ...
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They Sold Shell Hearts by the Sea Shore

Sailor's Valentine, late 19th Century Probably New Curiosity Shop (1879-1925); Bridgetown, Barbados Shell, wood and adhesive; 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. 2011.25.80 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burton W. Fink From a Whaler’s Heart Despite whaling now being a somewhat romanticized New England tradition, romance was hard to keep alive during multi-year hunti...
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Swiss Army Pillows: Headrests of Eastern Africa

Headrest, 20th Century Karamojong culture; Uganda Wood; 7 5/8 x 6 ¼ x 5 7/8 2017.11.31 Gift of Anne and Long Shung Shih   Sleep Like a Log Sleep is one of those fundamental human needs all peoples of the world unconsciously share in, but the trappings of sleep outside of beds, pillows, sheets, blankets, and duvets are rarely covered. Up until ...
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Gardner and the Groundhog

Winter Landscape—Sunlit Hill , c. 1925 George Gardner Symons (American, 1863-1930) Oil on canvas; 41 x 47 x 1 1/2 in. F7680 Martha C. Stevens Memorial Art Collection George Gardner Symons, c. 1920 Groundhog Day Celebration With Groundhog Day soon to bring Punxsutawney Phil from his winter abode to predict an early spring or six more weeks of cold w...
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Frey-ed Canvas: Conserving the Bowers' Pio Pico Painting

Don Pio Pico , 1868 Henry J. Frey (American, b?-d?) Oil on canvas; 24 x 20 in. 3513 Gift of Mrs. John Forster Repairing a Rogue’s Ranchero Representation About a year and a half ago the Bowers Museum Collections Blog published a post on our resident painting of Pio Pico. For years the painting had been exhibited by a perfunctory “Unknown Artist” la...
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Viper Vessels of Taiwan's Paiwan

Vessel with Snake Motifs, 18 th Century Paiwan culture; Pingtung or Taitung County, Taiwan Clay and wood; 15 x 11 1/2 in. 2017.11.28-.29 Gift of Anne and Long Shung Shih One Hundred Paces The hundred-pacer snake is a venomous pit viper indigenous to the same region occupied by the Paiwan of southern Taiwan. Hailed as an ancestor in several of their...
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Kava Drink: Fijian Yaqona Bowls and Dishes

Yaqona Bowl ( Tanoa ), late 19th to early 20th Century Fiji, Polynesia Wood; 7 1/2 x 22 7/16 x 21 in. 99.43.7 Donated by Rear Admiral Ralph and Sara Garrison Kava Chameleon Within the last few decades, kava has found its way into the American social scene as a niche alternative to alcohol in being both a mild relaxant and an avenue to potential liv...
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Shields of Mendi Valley

Shields ( Wörrumbi ), 2 0 th Century Mendi culture; Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Wood, pigments and fiber; Various Dimensions 2017.10.163, 2003.43.3, 2017.10.143 Anonymous Gift On the Mendi In an early 20 th Century effort to pacify Papua New Guinea, Australian colonial administrators began a campaign of suppressing trib...
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Dusk | Dawn

Evening on the River , 1883 George Inness (American, 1825-1894) Oil on canvas; 33 3/4 x 48 x 3 in. F7664 Martha C. Stevens Memorial Art Collection Sunset: 2017 Ends Twilight , c. 1860 George Inness (American, 1825-1894) Every day comes to day’s end. In this twilight painted rivers, seas and skies—aching with shades of red, violet, and orange—all co...
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Bowers Museum's Unofficial 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Consul the Educated Monkey, 1916-1918 William Henry Robertson (Educational Novelty Company) Tin; 5 ½ by 6 in. 30780a Gift of Mrs. Anita L. Alexander For a Fistful of Dollars Original 1915 patent for Consul the Educated Monkey. Festive and wonderful as they all are, the holidays can be a time of much consternation when it comes to gift-giving. Espec...
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Spun Silver: Apron Counterweights of the Dong and Miao

S-Shaped Counterweight, 20th Century Miao or Dong culture; Guizhou, Hunan or Guangxi Province, China Silver; 6 1/4 × 10 7/8 in. 2015.26.59 Anonymous Gift Glance at the Moon Alternate image of 2015.26.59. Silver was used as a currency in China as early as the turn of the common era. It is unclear when exactly the Dong and Miao of southern China...
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Hefty Sum: Central African Throwing Knife Currency

Throwing Knife, 19 th Century Kapsiki culture; Cameroon or Nigeria Iron, rubber and cloth; 24 1/8 x 5 3/8 in. 2003.43.91 Anonymous Gift Throwing Knife ( ngwolo ), 19 th Century Ngombe culture; Democratic Republic of the Congo Iron, wood; 19 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. 2003.43.92 Anonymous Gift Throwing Knife ( sengese ), 19 th Century Mafa culture; Cameroon o...
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J.B. Moore: More than One Way to Sell a Rug

Variant on J.B. Moore’s Plate XXX Rug, c. 1920 Navajo; Crystal, San Juan County, New Mexico Wool and pigment; 69 1/2 × 54 in. 2016.12.4 Gift of Dennis Aigner              Variant on J.B. Moore’s Plate XXX Rug, 1910-1920              Navajo; Crystal, San Juan County, New Mexico &n...
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Tami Feast Bowls and Yam-ey Thanksgivings

Feast Bowl, 20th Century Cape Gloucester, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Wood and pigment; 9 × 44 1/2 × 25 1/4 in. 2014.15.14 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Danny and Anne Shih Bird is the Word Thanksgiving is now upon us. Even in its earliest rendition, it was a celebration of thanks through the sharing of food with friends, family, ...
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Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942)

Jar, 1931 Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942); Hano Pueblo, Hopi Reservation, Arizona Clay and paint; 7 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. 36809.3 Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sanders What the Railway Brought The late 19 th Century’s introduction of the rail to the Southwest was a gift and a curse for Southwestern United States’ Pueblo Territories. The immediate influx of cheap E...
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Kingdom of the Quartz Skull

Izok , 2010 Harold Van Pelt (American, 1925-) Quartz and izoklakeite L.2016.21.34a,b Loan courtesy of Harold and Erica Van Pelt © 2010 Harold and Erica Van Pelt Van Pelt One need not be an explorer-archaeologist to come across incredible artifacts. For experts like Harold Van Pelt they can be made in the workshop. Van Pelt has spent the last 45 yea...
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Dewing's Depictions of Disappearing Debutantes

Standing Woman (pastel no. 124), 1918-1925 Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938) Pastel on brown paper; 15 x 12 in. F7724 Martha C. Stevens Memorial Art Collection Odd Thomas Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl , 1861–62 James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903) Oil on canvas; 84.5 in × 42.5 in National Gallery of Art, Washingto...
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Up to Snuff: Smokeless Tobacco Bottles from Around the World

Scrimshaw Snuff Box, c. 1870 United States Sperm whale ivory, silver and ink 2011.25.18 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burton W. Fink Snuff Bottle, date unknown Kenya Wood, metal and horn 2013.7.9 Gift of Doris L. Buck Snuff Bottle, late 20 th Century Japan Antler 97.11.2 Gift of Dr. Murray and Brett Via Around the World At the height of its popularity, snuf...
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Bats, Cats, and Qing Hats

Children’s Festival Hats, 19th to 20th Century China Cotton, silk, foil appliqué, wire and metal 2001.1.13, .50, .16 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Long Shung and Anne Shih Children of Many Hats Rural China during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) saw many of the same problems that developing nations still see today. Unfortunately, poor hygiene standards meant th...
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Fijian Kiakavo Dance Clubs

Dance Clubs ( Kiakavo ), 19th Century Fiji, Polynesia Wood, fiber and pigment 97.138.13, .17, and 2015.17.10 Anonymous Gift and The George Stanley Lodin Collection Two late 19th Century  Fijian men hold clubs across their laps for a staged photograph. Bowers Museum Collection Gift of Mr. E. Morgan Stanley Fijian Club Scene Up until and in...
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House of the Head

Orí, the Head Orí , the Yoruba word for head is also the complicated god of the head and destiny in the Yoruban pantheon. In the traditional Yoruba religion of southwest Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, before one is born they stand before a wall of potential destinies and choose their own ìbòrí , which directly translates to ‘inner head’ but as with Orí ...
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Perfect Rings: Dimbo of Cenderawasih Bay

Glass Earrings ( Dimbo ), 19 th Century Waropen culture; Cenderawasih (Geelvink) Bay, Papua Province, Indonesia, Melanesia Glass 2017.8.1-.5 Bowers Museum Purchase Though we may think of it now as an isolated, inaccessible part of the world, New Guinea has always been rich in organic and mineral resources; the peoples of its coasts welcome partners...
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What Became of the Floating World

Two Prints from The Fifteen Views of Kyoto,  1950-1960 Tomikichiro Tokuriki (Japanese, 1902–1999) Woodblock print on paper; 15 x 13 in. 81.8.1J, K Gift of Mr. Kerwin Jacobs Beauty Reading a Letter, late 18 th Century Utamaro (Japanese 1753-1806) Woodblock print on paper; 19 x 13 in. 36124.1 Evylena Nunn Miller Memorial Collection Ukiyo-e , the...
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Society through the Looking Glass

Lorgnettes, 18 th to early 20 th Centuries Probably France and United States Metal, tortoiseshell, lacquer, paint and glass 2000.8.37, .39, .123 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Preston  “…the inevitable lorgnette, the enemy of other people’s privacy.” –Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca 2000.8.37 in all three stages of unfolding. Lorgnettes, spectacles h...
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On My Honor: The Legacy of the Boy Scouts of America

Weapons for Liberty, 1917 Joseph Leyendecker (German-born American, 1874-1951) Paper; 35 x 25 ½ in. 96.41.5 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Weston F. Sprague Most everyone wants to be involved in something greater than themselves, and for many boys and young men in the United States it has historically been the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). On August 1, 1907, ...
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On Ornamental Wings: Qing Dynasty Wooden Corbels

Corbels with Phoenix and Crane, 19 th Century Qing Dynasty; China Wood and pigments; 27 x 14 x 5 in. 2001.58.13a,b Gift of Kevin Branch Diagram dougong  holding up a multi-inclined roof, from the architectural treatise Yingzao Fashi, 1103. To one degree or another, all objects run the gamut between form and function. In architectural terms thi...
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Silkwood: The Glue that brought Orange County Together

Silkwood 2:07 , 1893 Ella Congdon (American, 1871 - 1920) Oil on canvas R.2014.4.100 Bowers Museum Collections First Annual Fair Life Membership Ticket Orange County Fair Association; Santa Ana, California Paper; 2 x 4 1/2 in. 36164.1 Gift of Miss Gertrude Montgomery The creation of Orange County in 1889 was not universally well received, and its u...
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Weaving History: Kente Cloth and Naming Conventions in Ghana

Wrap-Around Garment ( Kente ), early to mid 20th Century Akan or Ewe culture; Ghana Cotton and silk; 66 1/2 × 105 in. 2016.15.30 Anonymous Gift Like words composing complex thoughts, the colors and patterns of Ghana’s kente cloth work together to symbolize intricate ideas. The vibrantly-colored fabric not only tells of Ghana’s history; these textil...
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Crimped on these Jagger Seas

Pie Crimper, c. 1890 Unknown artist (American); North America Sperm whale ivory and wood; 4 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 6 in. 2011.25.15 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burton W. Fink Pies are made all over the world in sizes ranging from large table pies to small palm-sized pies, and for every size twice as many flavors exist. With all the variations, bakers need a way of...
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Imposition of Exposition Exhibition Export Ware

 Two Meiji-era Japanese exposition objects (2017.6.1a-h and 36756) on view  in the Dr. Wan-Lin & Assumpta Kiang Family Foundation Rotunda. Globalization in the 19 th  and early 20 th  Centuries in many cases led to the butting of heads on a national scale, but the conflict served as a fantastic motivator for both art a...
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Arthur Edwaine Beaumont and the Story Behind “The Red Bathing Suit”

The Red Bathing Suit , 1948 Arthur Edwaine Beaumont (American, 1890-1978) Watercolor on paper; 97.144 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Dreibelbis Arthur Edwin Crabbe was born on March 25, 1890 in Thorpe-St. Andrew, England. His father was a medical attendant in the British Military, and his mother was a nurse who encouraged her five children to draw and...
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Edward Kienholz Painting, "Point Pink"

Point Pink, c. 1955 Edward Kienholz (American, 1927-1994) Oil on canvas; 48 x 48 in. F80.62.2 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Gamson Edward Kienholz is best known for his 1960's large scale assemblages of found objects, urban detritus, and knick knacks arranged into environments or tableaux that comment on unpleasant social and cultural aspects of li...
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Cabinet Card of Tom Morris

Untitled (Tom Morris, Sprinter) B.F. Conaway Studios; Santa Ana, California Albumen Print Cabinet Card; 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. 5788 Photograph of Tom Morris, a world famous sprinter during the 1890's. During the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 Morris exceeded all previous sprinting records. He lived for many years in Santa Ana disappearing suddenly and rem...
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Shark Caller's Tools

Shark Caller's Tools, 20th century Kontu culture, Island of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea Wood, reed, bamboo, coconut and paint  2002.65.1.1-.3 Bowers Museum Purchase courtesy of the Trude Jordan Fund The Kontu people of the Island of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea use ritual customs to capture and kill sharks. Shark Callers believe that ancest...
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Japanese Wedding Kimono

Wedding Furisode Kimono (Furisode), c. 1900 Japanese Silk and thread F78.62.1 Bowers Museum Purchase A woman’s first furisode (a long-sleeved kimono, literally “swinging sleeve”) is given to her at the age of 20 when she is recognized as an adult, allowed to vote, responsible for committing crimes and is officially allowed to smoke and drink. A fur...
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