Mermaid and Merman pair hand carved in Dili East Post Independence referendum 2003


Mermaid and Merman pair hand carved in Dili East Post Independence referendum 2003


S36 & 38 – Offering these magical Mermaid and Merman pair that was collected in Dili East Post Independence referendum 2003.

Appx 20 years in age the artist has used a local timber called Let susu, accentuating its contrasting colours of pale and brown, to advantage when carving these 2 charming pieces.

Weight and height measurements appx.

50cm tall x 10cm dia – Female tallest

20″ tall x 3″ dia

600g / 1lb 4oz

Much of the carving tradition in East Timor has been lost due to successive regimes firstly the Dutch and then Indonesia. Using age old techniques and tools that have changed little in the last 400 years the creators of these works of art have imbibed much of the Timorese spirit of independence and self-sufficiency in to each unique piece.

You are welcome to combine items to maximise your postage costs, the shopping cart will adjust itself to accommodate your treasures and find the most economical rate. We will advise if any adjustments are necessary.

International buyers are welcome. Aus Post has returned the international 250gr parcel. This is great news as it is more economical to post small packets internationally now. YAY! A true shame that they have not done so for domestic.

I am Julie and have been collecting Timorese Treasures in the field since 1990 when I won a prize for overseas travel in a pub in Darwin [true]. I had no idea at the time that I had stumbled upon an Aladdin’s cave of authentic traditional tribal textiles and treasures. I have been returning annually ever since [well most years] and been witness to many changes across the last 3 decades. Read more about Timor and I in THE BIGGER PICTURE.

NOTE: We use recycled packaging.

Additional information

Weight 0.6 kg
Dimensions 50 cm


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