Eyes of the Ancestors: The Arts of Island Southeast Asia at the Dallas Museum of Art
Takes a look at the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned collection of artworks from Island Southeast Asia. In this title, the authors describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Art - Texas - Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, Art, Southeast Asian, Art - Malay Archipelago
||Fine Arts / Art History
||College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
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Eyes of the Ancestors takes an in-depth look at the Dallas Museum of Art's world-renowned collection of artworks from Island Southeast Asia. Beautiful photography and essays by distinguished scholars unlock the magic of the island cultures of Indonesia, Sarawak, and East Timor. Leading ethnographer Reimar Schefold introduces these texts, which investigate various indigenous art forms from a fresh perspective. They describe the contexts, purposes, and aesthetic influences of a range of objects, from intricately woven sacred and ceremonial textiles to carved ancestor figures. Also featured are gold and metalwork designs as well as weaponry and jewellery, some dating back more than a hundred years. A 19th-century mouth mask in the collection, from the Leti Islands, is one of only three known to be in existence. Carved in the shape of a bird's head and embellished with boar tusks and buffalo horns, this wooden mask was used in ritual dances. Other spectacular examples from the collection likewise reflect the beliefs and practices of these island people.
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||Winner of the 2013 Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal.--Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal (12/06/2013)
Reimar Schefold is professor emeritus of the anthropology and sociology of Indonesia at the University of Leiden and the former chairman of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology.