EXHIBITION REVIEW: FROM THE HANDS OF OUR ANCESTORS – TAASA Review June 2009
Maryellen Hargreaves T his comprehensive exhibition features objects from the newly formed National Collection of Timor-Leste together with holdings from the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory.
Exquisite carved ancestral figurines and ceremonial house doors, crafted jewellery, hand-woven textiles and earthenware vessels are presented along with contemporary two-dimensional art, videos and interactive multimedia. Headdress, earlymid 20th Century, Atara Ermera, silver alloy, 1.5 x 15 x 17cm, MAGNT Collection (SEA 03541).
Image courtesy of Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory At the heart of this exhibition is the preservation of the guarded’ the doorways of ceremonial houses within which rituals were performed to pay homage to the ancestors. A set of beautifully carved roof finials feature prominently inside this chamber...