Unknown Yoruba artist, Nigeria, West Africa
Chief’s (Obas) Headdress
glass beads and cotton ticking
Gift of Leonard Lewis
About the art:
The Yoruba Oba is bestowed his crown upon assuming the throne. The crown, or headdress, is covered in glass beads that have been carefully strung by a skilled beadsman. The faces surrounding the crown are representative of ancestors and previous Obas. Crowns almost always include a bird motif. The bird represents both the female power that balances men’s masculinity and the Oba’s communication between his people and the spirit world.
Mahonri Mackintosh Young
unique bronze cast
About the art:
This sculpture depicts three separate people: The Winner, The Loser, and The Referee. Da Winnahillustrates the announcement of the winner of the Dempsey-Firpo fight held in New York in 1924. The bronze depicts the triumphant “Mannasa Mauler” Jack Dempsey being proclaimed victor over Firpo by ring announcer Joe Jeffries. As Jeffries holds up Dempsey’s gloved hand, he proclaims him “Da Winnah, and champion of the world, Jack Dempsey!”
Brainstorm a list of games or sports. Choose one game or sport from the list and draw or paint a picture that shows the moment when the game or sport is won or lost. You could even use a variation of men and women on each team, or you might choose a game or sport traditionally played by only men or only women and draw or paint them with the opposite gender.