THROUGH A MUSEUM COLLECTION Joanna Barrkman – TAASA Review June 2016


This article was originally found in the June 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 2, Page 15).

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Textile weavers view photographs of Baguia textiles from the Baguia Collection, Museum der Kulturen Basel, at Afaloicai, Baguia Sub-district, August 2014.

Photo: Joanna Barrkman, 2014 T he `Baguia Collection’ at Museum der Kulturen, Basel, is an exceptional wellprovenanced collection of Makasae and Naueti cultural material, from one of the most extensive collections of East Timorese material in existence dating to 1935.

It consists of 688 sculptures, ceramics, domestic utensils, body adornment, weapons, and textiles, accompanied by approximately 300 photographs documenting the landscape, architecture, and day-to-day activities of the Makasae and Naueti people...