Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mysteries



I love a good mystery. In fact, I can very obsessed about them, given my over curious personality. I find things like this so interesting and really glad I stumbled upon it (via facebook, of course).

The coffins of Arthur's Seat

In 1836, five boys were hunting rabbits on the north-eastern slopes of Arthur’s Seat, the main peak in the group of hills in the center of Edinburgh. In a small cave in the crags of the hill they stumbled across seventeen miniature coffins carved in pine and decorated with tinned iron. Carefully arranged in a three-tiered stack, each coffin contained a small wooden figure with painted black boots and individually crafted clothing.

how cool is that? I think they are so amazing. makes me want to create my own.











The story was posted on  the blog, The Museum of ridiculously interesting things (great name!) go to the link and read more about them.

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In a way they remind of these cool Nuches that I purchased from an antique dealer in New York (well I bought one and he gifted me the smaller one, since as he said, "he enjoyed my enthusiasm") Mine are from Panama. This is  what the dealer told me about them: 

These are healing figures that represents  medicine man, woman or Nele. The spirit of a vivo or an alive figure is summoned  in the healing process, generally for soul retrieval  to restore the balance of health to an afflicted individual.  The process is accompanied by a shaman's healing chant and the burning of cacao beans in a clay sensor underneath the patients hammock.








I placed my 2 nuchus dolls in an assemblage piece I recently completed.



(I carved the totem myself!)









4 comments:

  1. Ditto to what Lisa said!!!
    So awesome!

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  2. Very cool, Kecia! I saw the story of those coffins somewhere, and yes, it does make one feel like creating their own! I love your piece!

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  3. Very creepy, cool doll carvings! Anything to do with Arthur's Seat fascinates me and the cave too. King Arthur is suppose to be the 'future' king of England and is in a coma state, supposedly, in a cave and will return to life according to legend. I will go to the link you mentioned about the coffins. I love creepy stuff when it comes to mixed media things. The Island of the Dead Dolls down in Mexico also fascinates me as there is a video I watched a few year ago on Youtube and I was totally freaked out!
    I wouldn't want to go there at night!
    I've been following your blog about four years and have also been in the 'Cloth and Clay ning' and now 'the trodden path'...Keep creating! Your style is par excellence!
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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