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100 Italian masks on show in Jakarta
(indo.com): The National Museum is currently exhibiting
some 100 Italian masks as part of its cultural exchange
The exhibition, which was officially opened on Nov. 7, will
run to Nov. 27, 2000.
The National Museum's Director, Endang Sri Hardiati told
indo.com that the exhibition was aimed at forging cultural
relations between Indonesia and Italy. "Culture is a means
of developing mutual understanding between nations," she
"Cultural works often have things in common, but they also
show differences," she added.
The display is expected to add to Indonesians' knowledge
of Italian culture and to widen the horizons of viewers.
Meanwhile, Endang Sri Hardiati said that over 100 works
of terracotta will be on display at the National Museum
for two months. The exhibition will commence on Nov. 20
and will run to January 2001.
Items on display will include works of the pre-historic
period, such as earthenware barrels for funeral purposes,
construction components from temples from the Tanah Abang
district in Muara Enim, brick fragments from Muara Jambi
and decorated cooking-pots from Irian Jaya.
She said that the exhibition was designed to enhance the
public appreciation of terracotta. "People tend to disregard
the earth, the material used for terracotta, when in fact,
the earth has a high value. Men used earth when they first
became aware of the need to have a vessel to put something
in, and until now the material remains important, not only
in terms of its being used as a material for construction
and religious activities, but also as an art form," she
The exhibition is expected to allow the public - terracotta
enthusiasts in particular - to see the development of terracotta
making in the pre-historic period of about 3000 years ago.
"An interesting point to note is that the technology of
producing terracotta, especially the system of firing the
clay, remains the same today," she commented.