Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fantasy coffins in Ghana and abroad

Rhoda Woets What is this? Is this an object at a pop-art exhibition? Or maybe a big toy-truck? It is neither. The picture shows a coffin at a funeral in Ghana’s capital city Accra. The Bedford truck coffin in this … Continue reading

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Natukal

Oivind Fuglerud  The present picture is from Kopai in Jaffna (Sri Lanka), taken in 1995. What it depicts no longer exists. To what extent it existed when the photo was taken is an open question. The material structures existed, of … Continue reading

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Pukamani pole: sacred object or commodity?

Maria Oien  Is this Pukamani pole a sacred ritualistic object or simply a commoditized work of fine art, or maybe it is both? This Pukamani pole is used by the Aborigines of Tiwi Islands in their burial rituals and was … Continue reading

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Painting the Dreaming in Aboriginal Australia

Maria Oien Is this only a pretty painting featuring abstract dots and circles or do they signify a particular meaning? Actually, the artist is revealing her kin-owned and geographically specific Homeland, which is considered sacred to her family. I photographed … Continue reading

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Plush Bear

Øivind Fuglerud In this case it is a toy made of soft fabric, sold in large numbers in the museum store of the Museum of Anthropology (MoA) in Vancouver. It was designed by the artist Bill Reid as a copy … Continue reading

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