Thursday, 26 January 2012

Vanuatu Ambrym Island - part 2 (North)

Communicating by Tam Tam [=Atingting Kon] At 3:46
Old man with boar-tusks at 3:59

Slit drum Atingting Kon at 0:39

This is my documentation. And a substantial part of the fun.

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

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Green Man

Just a coincidence

Some more information on this slit-drum

Reconstructed Russian Idol

After an original(with peas for eyes) that was excavated in Novgorod

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Vanuatu Ambrym Island

The better craftsman at 1:32

Just a tryout and some sketching 7 January 2012
Van Masque du jour

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Atingting - the beginning

This illustration came from a series of late seventies magazines called Distant Peoples (Verre volken)which I found on the local flea market