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Beaded Bag
Beads; String
Malaysia (Sarawak) or Indonesia (Kalimantan)
20th Century

This elaborately beaded bag illustrates the use of leisure time, in addition to having signficance in other categories. The decorative patterns include the "aso" motif, and the beads themselves have religious significance. This bag is believed to be from the Bidayuh (Dyak) people of southwest Sarawak. There, beads showed a person's status in the ancestral cult and were important in strengthening the connection to the spirit world. Most Bidayuh communities have rules about who or who may not wear beads, and even who may touch them. Thus, there are important connections between religious beliefs and the use of time required to create objects which may at first, simply seem made for beauty and enjoyment. Note: Sarawak and Kalimantan are states or provinces of Malaysia and Indonesia but both are located on what was formerly known as Borneo.

From the Collection of Colin Henderson Smith and Gloria M. (neé Boroughs) Smith.

Bibliography: Chin and Mashman, Sarawak: Cultural Legacy; Richter, Arts and Crafts of Indonesia; Harrison,World Within: A Borneo Story; Haddon, "The Dog-motive in Bornean Art," (copy in document file)
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Queen's Baton Replica
Pewter; Wood Stand
Henry Birks and Sons
Canada, 1994

The Queen's Baton is a tradition of each Commonwealth Games. For the XV Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, B.C. in 1994, three artists were commissioned to create a Queen's Baton which would represent the artistic and cultural traditions of the three First Nations on Vancouver Island (Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwagiulth). It is crafted in the shape of a "soul-catcher" - an instrument used to restore balance and harmony to the individual and community. It was designed by Charles Elliott (Tsartlip Band of Coast Salish Nation), Art Thompson (Ditidaht Band of Nuu-chah-nulth Nation), and Richard Hunt (Fort Rupert Band of the Kwagiulth Nation). The original sterling silver Baton was commissioned by B. C. Hydro, in partnership with the Games' Native Participation Committee. Henry Birks & Sons reproduced 1,994 pewter replicas, of which this is #49.

Bibliography: Certificate of Authentication (in document file)

Two objects in the Arts and Leisure Display are part of a two case show on Popeye and Culture Heros displayed as part of a Heroes and Hero-Worship exhibit at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and later at the Festival of Cartoon Art in the Ohio State Gallery at Columbus. In addition to representing objects used during leisure time, they illustrate how popular and commerical arts are important for their social impact as well as artistic content.
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Olive oil doll
United States, 20th Century
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Wimpy: The Hamburger Eater
Segar Whitman Publishing Company
New York, 1938

The Magic Lantern Projector and box of glass slides of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol show another way by which art contributes to the enjoyment of leisure time. In addition to the illustrations of Dickens' story, the collection includes boxes of slides on the art and architecture of Europe and the Middle East. Slides such as these often formed the basis of illustrated lectures in both private and public venues in the early years of this century. This set was used by John Kyle and was acquired by the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
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Magic lantern Projector
Metal; Glass
New York, 20th century
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Slides - A Christmas Carol
North America, 20th century
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Pouch With Gaming Sticks
Elk, Moose or Caribou hide pouch; Pigments; Wood; Ivory ?
Canada, 19th Century

This pouch is unusual in that it has a classic formline decoration of pigment on the inside of the flap cover, possibly of a bird figure. Sinew was used to sew the pouch and it has a toggle closure, probably of walrus ivory. The pouch contains 53 hardwood gambling sticks of maple, yew, or fruit wood, which are decorated with coloured bands. It was collected and donated by John Moore, who worked for many years along the west coast of Vancouver Island.
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Greek Satyr Bust
Greece ?, n.d.

Additional research could contribute more information about this item. It is called an "Antique Bronze" but the date of its manufacture is not certain. It may be a Renaissance reproduction of an antique Greek bronze. It has been included in this display to recall the arts associated with the Theatre, and Theatre's contributions to enjoyment of leisure time.

The bust was part of the collection of John and Katharine Maltwood.