Sunday, 22 January 2012
"...adorned with boar-figures..."
[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