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New Year’s reception

On Saturday 3 February the board of the Asian Art Society invites you to a festive New Year’s reception to kick off the start of the Society’s 100th anniversary with an interesting lecture on Indonesian art and we also have a special announcement. In 2018 we will organise special lectures, a symposium, special editions of Aziatische Kunst.



13:30-13:45     Welcome
13:45-15:00     Lecture “Speelgoed voor de zielen. Mentawai, een onbekende kunstprovincie in Indonesië” by
Dr. Jet Bakels and Prof. Dr. Reimar Schefold
15:00-16:00     Visit the exhibition “Mentawi in Indonesië- Schatten uit het Depot”
16:00-17:00     Drinks in the Museumcafé


Museum Volkenkunde (Grote zaal)
Steenstraat 1


The rich artistic tradition of the Mentawi islands to the west of Sumatra in Indonesia has hardly been represented since recent days. In 2017 the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen acquired a collection of objects of which a part is exhibited in the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. In this lecture, the art of the Mentawi islands will be introduced  and the prehistorical background and cultural context will be examined.


Dr. Jet Bakels is anthropologist, exhibition maker and author of children’s books.

Prof. Dr. Reimar Schefold is Professor Emeritus Cultural Antropology of Indonesie of the Universiteit Leiden and author of numerous books, amongst others about Mentawi  “Wees goed voor je ziel; mijn jaren bij de Sakuddei” (2012) and “Toys for the Souls;  Life and Art on the Mentawai Islands” (2017).

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