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Wooden model Uma Lulik ( East Timorese sacred house )

Date: c 2005
Overall: 696 x 229 x 230 mm, 1644.35 g
Medium: Wood, plant fibre, cloth, plastic, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Nelson Lay
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00046799

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    Model of an Uma Lulik (sacred house) created by East Timorese migrant Nelson Lay from scrap wood and broom bristles. Most of East Timor's sacred houses were destroyed during the Indonesian occupation of the island (1975 - 1999) when thousands of East Timorese fled their country. For exiled East Timorese fighting for their independence, miniature Uma Luliks became a popular and powerful symbol of cultural identity.

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