Jonkunnu #1. 2011. Acrylic on watercolour paper. c12″x9″. Private collection. This ambiguous character, beautiful and terrifying at the same time, captures the essence of the traditional pre-Christmas Jonkunnu masquerade. Schliefer well recalls how the Jonkunnu performers of his childhood in rural Jamaica would chase the children and mock-coerce the adults into donations of rum and food.

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