Sunday, 22 January 2012

Besette swin-licum

"...adorned with boar-figures..."
Beowulf l.1453
[i.e. his wondrous helmet]

The two curls which I carved today represent boar's tusks that demonstrate status and age. This reminds one of the Beowulfian boar-helmets l.1328, the boar-spears [eofer-spreotum] l.1437, Hrothgar's boar banner l.2152 [eafor heafodsegn]and more.
More about boars and Anglo-Saxon

More about Vanuatu and pigs

Thesis about Vanuatu, slit drums, status and prestige. [In Dutch/Flemish]

Click for another image from the Metmuseum

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