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Persian talismans


Talisman of a magic square and patterns to enable a woman to control her husband, from 'Persian Charming Talisman Genie White Magic Book'

From The Patterns of Persian Henna (pdf) by Catherine Cartwright-Jones

Pictorial Book on Talisman, Charm & Mysterious Sciences in Persian ( Farsi ) via Asherah6666

costume inspiration

Book: Oceanic Art by Nicholas Thomas


1981 Photo Maureen Mackenzie.


Peacock, mallard duck, parrot, chicken and other feathers. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Photo Seth Joel.


Theodore Kleinschmidt’s drawing of Tui Nadrau, the chief of Nadrau (central Viti Levu, Fiji), wrapped in barkcloth for ceremonial presentation, October 1877.



Left: Fully tattooed Marquesan man, engraving after a drawing made in 1804. From G. H. von Langsdorf, Voyages and travels in various parts of the word. London, 1813-14.

Right: Male tattoo designs, Marquesas Islands. From Karl von den Steinen, Die Marquesaner und ihrer Kunst, Berlin, 1925-8.


Photo John Hillelson Agency.



This is the zine I made for Eclections at Theartmarket & Kunstfreund Gallery. More pages here!


Oyrot Shaman

From Native American Traditions book.


Wine mixer pattern

Also from the Genius of China.





The helping spirit, Issitoq, assists in locating those who have breached taboos. Known as Giant-eye, his melancholy nature and peculiar appearance was portrayed by the Eskimo Arnaqaoq… (Drawing by Arnaqaoq from Rasmussen, Rasmussens Thulefahrt.) 

‘The Big Lemming’, stonecut print by Pudlo, Cape Dorset, Eskimo, 1961

Carving of a tupilak (spirit), Eskimo, collected in Angmagssalik, E. Greenland, 1931-2. National Museum of Denmark, Department of Ethnography

An Eskimo shaman spirit, with leg bones and inner organs revealed, seems to stalk his prey with sacrificial blade in hand. The … deer mask reveals the transcendental nature of the spirit’s bloody mission. Stonecut print by William Noah, Barnabas Oosuaq and Martha Noah, Baker Lake, Eskimo, 1970. Sanavik Cooperative, Baker Lake, on loan to the Winnepeg Art Gallery

Screen print after a canyon painting. S.E. Utah

The spirit that attacks and destroys the shaman-neophyte can become instructor, ally, and helper after the trials and ordeals of initiation have been endured. Among many Eskimo peoples, for example, the acquisition of spirits was often a violent process involving maiming and dismembering, The Eskimo shaman Niviatsian reported that, when he was being attacked by a walrus two other spirits ravaged him. This carving depicts a spirit wielding a knife of initiatory dismemberment. (Whalebone, antler,  sinew, ivory, and stone carving by Karoo Ashvak, Spence Bay, Eskimo, 1972) 

Reading Shaman: The wounded healer by Joan Halifax. 




“This mask from Sri Lanka is used in ceremonies to remove various types of afflictions, the mask and its activites helping the afflicted visualise their malaise.”

“The buck teeth and leering smile of this mask suggest a character associated with low spirits and demons. In a drama he usually represents a demon or aggresive lord. The moustache, hair and brows are made from goat’s hair and hide; the teeth are shell. Balinese. Private collection. 20th century. “



From the books:
Masks, Face Coverings and Headgear by Norman Laliberté and Alex Mogelon
Maskwork by Jennifer Foreham