exhibition inspiration

Colombian Gold

Pectoral, 13th–16th century Colombia; Sonso Gold

Pectoral, 13th–16th century Colombia; Sonso Gold. [Link]

Headdress frontal, 1st–7th century Colombia; Yotoco Gold

Headdress frontal, 1st–7th century Colombia; Yotoco Gold. [Link]

Costumed figure pendant, 1st–7th century Colombia; Tolima Gold

Costumed figure pendant, 1st–7th century Colombia; Tolima Gold. [Link]

Bird Pendant, 10th–16th century Colombia; Tairona Gold

Bird Pendant, 10th–16th century Colombia; Tairona Gold. [Link]

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http://www.nemosto.net/44.html

Funerary mask, Calima-Malagana, gold alloy, 100BC–AD400

Funerary mask, Calima-Malagana, gold alloy, 100BC–AD400

Bird pectoral, Popayan, gold alloy, AD900–1600

Bird pectoral, Popayan, gold alloy, AD900–1600.

 

There are beautiful works in the ‘Beyond El Dorado power and gold in ancient Colombia‘ exhibition at the British Museum which closes 23rd March, so go see it now! I was told off for taking pictures but the catalogue is really worth getting.

 

 

spiritual

‘Se bompo, se, se’ by Martushka Fromeast

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Power (or sakhti in Nepali) is a source of a shaman’s fame. Jongge enjoys power competitions a lot. Once, thanks to his sakhti, he opened a new source of underground water in the mountains.

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Tyetye Bompo is a natural-born shaman and was taught the craft directly by Devil Forest, the mysterious ghostly being living in the jungle. As a child Tyetye spent half a year in the forest. He never had any official guru, but he won power competitions with other shamans. He claims to be able to change a piece of wood into a cobra.

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Dubsang Tamang trains his son to become a shaman. This year during Janai Purima they went to Parvati Kunda, a holy lake linked with the cult of Hindu goddess Parvati, wife of Shiva. The lake is located a walking distance from the village.  For the first time ever Dubsang Tamang’s son was dressed in a full shaman attire.

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Rikzen spent 4 months in the jungle. He is strictly against killing animals during shamanistic rituals, pudjas and claims that Bompos who require chicken being killed deal with devils, which is never good. That is why they often drink a lot of alcohol.

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Nurbu Tamang has been practicing to become a fully qualified Bompo for the last 3 years. He often undertakes a role of a shaman helper during pudjas run by his guru from Shalgarbeen cast of shamans.

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Risowangdi was trained to become a shaman by his older brother. He has been practicing as a Bompo for the last 13 years. Before becoming a shaman he served in the army. Risowangdi’s father was also a Bompo, but he divorced Risowangdi’s mother for another woman. Risowangdi himself married for love at the age of 17 and is a very proud father of three sons.

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Kam Dindup has worked as a Bompo for the last 22 years. For him a shaman is a mediator between humans and gods. He claims that we live in the second era of humanity, The Era of Buddhas. The first era, which has ended many years ago, was the Era of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Himalaya.

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Shakti of Kami Tamang from Narobeen cast of shamans is famous across the Himalaya. Sometimes he is also called to run pudjas in China.

‘Se bompo, se, se’ is a series of portraits of Nepali Shamans posing in their living rooms by Photographer Martushka Fromeast made during her residency in Syafrubesi. More information on this and other projects here.

 

 

inspiration

彩虹眷村 – Rainbow Village in Taichung, Taiwan

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Photos by Wei-Lang Shih from here found via P.E.G. Village painted by Rainbow Grandpa (彩虹爺爺)! Background information here.

 

spiritual

Aboriginal snake ceremony

Leaves being attached for headdress

Building up the headdress

Base of headdress completed

Many hands attaching seeds to the snake dancer

Blood being painted on snake dancer

Ochre and kangaroo fat being applied to the snake dancer

Headdress

Front view of snake dancer

Side view of snake dancer

Snake dancer covered in seeds

Screenshots from Adventure – Quest under Capricorn – 1. Desert Gods of a snake ceremony.

This is a David Attenborough series from 1963 which I recommend watching.

inspiration

Paracas textiles

Detailed of embroidered paracas mantle

http://kids.britannica.com/elementary/art-34838/Detail-of-embroidered-Paracas-mantle-300-100-BC-in-the

Paracas Textiles

http://www.picturesofrecord.com/paracas%20textiles020.htm

Border with fringe

http://www.paracas.se/en/border/border-10/

Border with pampas cats

http://www.paracas.se/en/border/mantle-border/

Trophy head border

http://www.paracas.se/en/border/border-5/

Unfinished border

http://www.paracas.se/en/border/border-2/

Brown mantle fragment

http://www.paracas.se/en/mantle/mantle-fragment/

Paracas textile

http://www.paracas.se/en/mantle/179/ 

inspiration

South African Fertility Figures

Zulu-male-figures-(udoli)-wearing-imitsha-made-by-Hluphekile-MaMchunu-Zuma-1990.-Photo-by-Action-Photos

Zulu male figures (udoli) wearing imitsha made by Hluphekile MaMchunu Zuma 1990. Photo by Action Photos. Collection Frank Jolles.

Zulu-clay-doll-(udoli)-Photo-by-Hershel-Mair

Zulu clay doll (udoli) Photo by Hershel Mair. Collection SAM.

Zulu-male-figure-(udoli)-Photo-by-Action-Photos-Collection-Frank-Jolles

Zulu male figure (udoli) Photo by Action Photos. Collection Frank Jolles.

Tonga-child-figures.-Collection-K

Tonga child figures. Collection K. Nel KN/T/3 – 4

Zulu-woman-figures-(udoli)-made-by-Hluphekile-MaMchunu-Zuma-1989.-Photo-by-Action-Photos

Zulu woman figures (udoli) made by Hluphekile MaMchunu Zuma 1989. Photo by Action Photos. Collection Frank Jolles.

Ovakwanyama,-child-from-the-palm-fruit.-Collection-WITS-SFB-94.16

Ovakwanyama, child from the palm fruit. Collection WITS-SFB 94.16.02.

South-Sotho-clay-doll-collected-by-Revd-Ellenberger-pre-1870

South Sotho clay doll collected by Revd Ellenberger pre 1870. Collection Museum of Mankind, London.

Scans from Evocations of the Child: Fertility figures of the southern African region.

 

mask

Angelo Meani

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http://www.artbrut.ch/en/21004/1052/authors/meani–angelo

© photo credit Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Angelo Meani

http://catalogue.gazette-drouot.com/ref/lot-ventes-aux-encheres.jsp?id=1451982

costume

Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger

Wilder Mann 14, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 52, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 53, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 66, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 68, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 72, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 73, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann 77, Wilder Mann , 2010 © Charles Fréger - www.charlesfreger.com

Wilder Mann, 2010 © Charles Fréger – www.charlesfreger.com

costume

Dogon or Bamana “spritual armour” protection clothing

BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill BAMANA / DOGON HUNTER'S SHIRT, Mali Photographs © Tim Hamill

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

“These garments, called shirts, jackets or tunics were worn by Dogon or Bamana men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits. A successful hunter must not only be master of the forest and wild animals, but must also have the spiritual power necessary to negotiate the dangerous supernatural realm. They are often embellished with small objects, animal horns, mirrors, jewelry, and leather pouches, that provide the “spiritual armor” necessary to protect the hunter from both real and spirit forces.”

http://www.hamillgallery.com/BAMANA/BamanaHuntersShirts/BamanaShirts.html

 

mask

DAMSELFRAU

Seiobo by Damselfrau

stikker by Damselfrau

http://damselfrau.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/stikker-seibo.html

rudhira by Damselfrau

rudhira by Damselfrau

rudhira by Damselfrau

 http://damselfrau.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/rudhira.html

 

Damselfrau is Norwegian artist Magnhild Kennedy; a craftswoman and mask maker.

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