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Object Name: House panel
Culture: Paiwan peoples
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Date/Era: Early 20th century
Dimensions: H: 201.0 cm, W: 45.0 cm, D: 13.0 cm (H: 79.1 in, W: 17.7 in, D: 5.1 in)
Medium/Materials: Wood, porcelain, bottle caps
Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. The H.P. and J.F. Ullman Collection.
Accession Number: X72.835
These decorated panels flanked the doors of Paiwan ancestral houses. They were carved and named for the ranking ancestors of the house. Although the two panels are similar in style and represent male and female ancestors, their slight difference in scale precludes their being an ancestral couple from a single house.
Source: Gallery wall text, Fowler in Focus: Doors in Global Perspective, 2008.
See also: Marla C. Berns, World Arts, Local Lives: The Collections of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, 2014.