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Artist: Pierrot Barra (b. 1942, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; d. 1999, Port-au-Prince)
Date: Three coffins, before 1994
Materials Used: Wood, felt, metal, plastic, ribbon
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA, X97.76.18, X94.76.17, X94.76.16; Museum Purchase, Manus Funds
A Vodou priest, Barra started his artistic career making ceremonial flags, but in the late 1980s he began to create fantastic Vodou-inspired assemblages such as these miniature coffin altarpieces.
Source: Exhibition wall text, In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art