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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.

  • These playful crabs look excited, maybe for the pleasure of an unexpected encounter. Varying in details and colours with a creative one-off manufacturing design, they are made of wood and other recycled materials, exploiting the traces left by previous uses.

  • The elegant floral pattern reinterprets the delicate volumes of magnolia flowers with technical virtuosity.

  • A heterogeneous group of birds turn their surprised gaze towards the world, unaware of the beauty of their own colorful plumage. Crafted using wood and recycled materials, they have unique and singularly inspired form and composition: a distinctive trait of this artisanal workshop.

  • Gallinaccio rampino is a wooden character, hand-made with different types of wood and scrap materials, assembled and decorated in a bright balance of shapes.

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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.