Friday, September 24, 2010

'Artifacts', or the joy of creating things out of clay.

Funerary artifacts from a number of tombs. Recovered from the middle of Youndétr, and dated between 20 b.c.e. and 130 c.e.

I'll admit it- I've always had a thing for clay. Ever since I was a kid, I've always had my hands in the earth- and so it comes perhaps as a natural step that I would combine two things which I love- sculpted artwork and created languages.

In the past half a week or so (That's three or four days), I've made about 20 items, all of varying sizes and complexity- and all representative of various stages of Yaundi culture.

A calendar, which lists the names of all 12 months- and prominently displays a stylized image of
Núkiam and Déviat. This image was popular in early times, and artifacts bearing it have been found all over Youndétr.

The result has been remarkably... agreeable, I think. While the first tablet I made (which bore a hymn to Déviat and baked into pieces) was less than successful, over the few days that I've been working on these things, I've decided that this is definitely something I plan to continue doing. There's just something about holding in your hands something made of stone which has your language written on it, which makes it all worthwhile.

Depending on how adventurous I feel in the future (and considering how I've already got wood drying for it, the possibility seems considerable), I may decide to create artifacts for Second Tribe, or even for the Cat.

Clay coins which are traditionally buried with the dead, for the purposes of bribing spirits into escorting them to the home of Déviat. Dated from 1 c.e. to 100 c.e.

I wish I had better skill at carving detail, or had access to actual clay (Everything pictured here has been made out of salt dough or a salt dough/sand mixture), but that is, is.

I've got some clay tools in the mail to me right now, so keep an eye out for new items added to this blog!

A tablet inscribed with the words 'skra ba auzoi'. They open a popular folk song which gives praise to the gods (And Núkiam in particular) for sustaining First Tribe in the harsh desert.

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