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Jordan Mckenzie’s Woolworth Death Masks

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Woolworth Death Masks by Jordan Mckenzie.

Studio1.1 are selling a limited edition print by Jordan Mckenzie which also gives you entry to their annual fundraiser ‘Lottery Show’ here.

Wooden masks

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Vuvi Mask, Gabon via Sotheby’s.

HOOK-MASK,-BAHINEMO-PEOPLE,-HUNSTEIN-MOUNTAINS,-PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA

Hook-Mask, Bahinemo People, Hunstein Mountains, Papua New Guinea via Sotheby’s.

MASK,-BAFO,-CAMEROON

Bafo Mask, Cameroon via Sotheby’s.

MASK,-TEKE-TSAAYI,-REPUBLIC-OF-THE-CONGO

Mask, Teke/Tsaayi, Republic Of The Congo via Sotheby’s.

WAR-CANOE-PROW-MASK,-IATMUL-PEOPLE,-MIDDLE-SEPIK-RIVER,-PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA

War Canoe Prow Mask, Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea via Sotheby’s.

Marie Rime

Marie Rime

Armures, 2013

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Armures, 2013

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Masques, 2011

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Masques, 2011

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Masques, 2011

From Marie Rime‘s Masques and Armures projects.

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.

 

 

‘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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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/ 

South African Fertility Figures

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

 

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

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