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Folk Art Gift from Irian Jaya Donated to Library

        

Mae and Bob Carter with full body mask 

 

In February, the library will be mounting an exhibition to celebrate the gift of piece of folk art from Irian Jaya by Mae and Bob Carter. These masks were used to drive certain spirits of ancestors away from the village to Safan, the land of the dead.

 

The Carters acquired the mask on their travels in 1992 in a Men?s House in a coastal village of Agats, Indonesia. The model shows a full size body mask, normally made to fit a full size person. The head and body of the mask are knotted fum, strips of the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. The knotting process used to create the form may take many months to complete. Once the figure is done, white cockatoo feathers are added.

 

Beginning in February, the 40? figure will be on display in the library. The Friends plan to acquire a collection of books to help students who wish to learn more about Irian Jaya, its people and customs, or its art. The Friends thank Mae and Bob Carter for this lovely and interesting gift.

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