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  • This alder wood engraved and hand-painted mask is part of a collection of zoomorphic figures (an ox, in this case) of the traditional carrasecare, the carnival of Ottana. The mask features the typical star or rose on the forefront and stylised leafs on the cheeks, symbols of good luck.

  • This original wooden stool that conceptually recalls the small stool used traditionally near the hearth has clear-cut essential lines.

  • The original circular shape of the bed headboard is made of chestnut wood and is decorated with an elegant central motif depicting a Sun with a stylised face and carved frames, being the obvious compositional craftsmanship and artistic skill.

  • Comforting, like a hug, this cradle in Sardinian chestnut wood is meticulously handcrafted so as to enhance the natural features of the wood, which is combined with the fine interweaving of hemp ropes made exclusively by hand.

  • Being precious and scenic, the wooden chair includes moulded elements displaying the coat of arms of the Augsburg and richly decorated with gold leaf on a lacquer coating. Made of poplar wood, it is available in different color combinations.

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The woodcraft sector in Sardinia, with a its ancient and codified traditions, is expressed in contemporary productions with new and diversified interpretations. Featuring recognizable linguistic traits in its decorations or with new technical and stylistic solutions, the local master craftsmen continue to express the identity of the island through motifs and suggestions.

The traditional carving decoration is created in a masterly manner by means of a burin on the most precious artefacts, such as sa cascia, the hope chest, or with a curt touch in several objects of daily use in agricultural and pastoral contexts. In both cases the marks engraved serve as a language, a written story to be read again and again, the expression of a people with a strong identity. 

Distinctive carnival masks made as part of local tradition. Being included in the carving section, they are crafted in the towns of Ottana and Mamoiada, and more recently in Oristano, worn during the traditional local carnivals, in dynamic and engaging performances.

 

The new interpretations range between free and recent experiences of local history, which resort to woodcraft to create decorative objects, intended as small sculptures. Artist and designer Eugenio Tavolara was the first who, during the first half of last century, designed a series of small dressed sculptures, the puppets, which portrayed characters and scenes of the traditional life in Sardinia.