Emulating Ye Olde Folke

I created a few new tablets, shamelessly emulating our forebears.

Elaborate stag, based on an artefact by the Pazyryk culture. See: http://aleyma.tumblr.com/post/3698232986/pazyryk-culture-terminal-stag-on-a-ball-5th

Elaborate stag, based on an artefact by the Pazyryk culture. See: http://aleyma.tumblr.com/post/3698232986/pazyryk-culture-terminal-stag-on-a-ball-5th

Portrait of Venus of Brassempouy

Portrait of Venus of Brassempouy

A reproduction of the Venus of Willendorf.

A reproduction of the Venus of Willendorf.

Beware: Bad pottery batch…

A new batch of pottery is complete, including five masks and a tablet. None of them came out particularly well…

Three-faced mask. Looks a little better than it does in this photo.

Three-faced mask. Looks a little better than it does in this photo.

If Skeletor and a gimp had a lovechild...

If Skeletor and a gimp had a lovechild…

Some kind of tree monster, I think.

Some kind of vegetable monster, I think. I would have thrown it away, had I not already decided to hide it in a tree. 

A hunting scene. The stag came out OK, but the colours are too strong.

A hunting scene. The stag came out OK, but the colours are too strong.

A mask that could have come out well, were it not for the spotty colouring.

A mask that would have been good, were it not for the spotty colouring. Stupid underglaze! Funnily enough, the eyes are quite striking if you look at them for long enough. 

Nightmare Before Christmas, ethnically re-imagined?

Nightmare Before Christmas, ethnically re-imagined?

Fresh pottery haul

A few new items:

  • A mask. Height around 25cm
  • Two petroglyphic tablets, each around 15cm in height
  • A third tablet depicting a girl, about 20cm in height
  • A wall lamp, about 30cm in height
Petroglyphic tablet 1

Petroglyphic tablet 1 — includes wolf-like chap, a fellow who doesn’t look too pleased and a fish.

Petroglyphic tablet 2

Petroglyphic tablet 2. Includes a chap with splayed legs, a turtle and a boat full of more chaps carrying what may be weapons. The line going from the middle left to lower right shows the solar system’s planets, starting with Mercury and ending in Uranus. Earth is marked with a dot and cross directly beneath it.

Primitive mask

Primitive mask. Nobody likes the eyes, except me.

Wall lamp

Wall lamp. The general idea was to create a map, or star chart — not easily seen here.

Primitive girl

Primitive girl. Perhaps she’s floating in water. I don’t know.

 

A collection of clay paraphernalia

Now that I’m working on clay I find myself enjoying creating tablets and emulating our Babylonian / Assyrian and Persian ancestors — with mixed success.

I went into my garden and brutalised a few of our reedy plants in an effort to create a stylus. The tablet is a poor cuneiform reproduction of ‘An eye of an eye’ from the Code of Hammurabi.

I also created two diptyches based on the Epic of Gilgamesh: one of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, another depicting Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven.

I further made a small, shallow bowl with simple spirals on the inside and more elaborate petroglyphic scribbles on the underside.

Finally, I attempted a profile image of Gilgamesh, which came out better than I expected.

Hand-made cuneiform tablet.Enkidu and Gilgamesh clay diptych.Humbaba and Bull of Heaven diptych.

Hand-made bowl with petroglyphic underside.  Hand-made bowl with spirals on the inside. Hand-made profile depicting Gilgamesh.