Saturday, July 20, 2013

Een Huis vol Indonesia – De Liefkes Collectie

Ending its run tomorrow at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkerkunde is Een Huis vol Indonesia – De Liefkes Collectie (A House Full of Indonesia – The Liefkes Collection), an exhibition honoring keen-eyed collector emeritus Frits Liefkes, who was also a curator at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and who left nearly 1,000 objects from all over the Indonesian Archipelago to the Leiden Museum in 2010. The objects, ornaments, and weapons of gold, as well as the textiles, furniture, and ritual objects presented, are grouped together in three categories: body ornaments, spatial decoration, and the sacred and ritual sphere. All of the objects testify to the great aesthetic refinement of the cultures in this part of the world, ranging from Aceh in the west to Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea) in the east.

View the exhibition's official website.

Image courtesy of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden

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