Primitive Art

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  1. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    How many of you are interested in Primitive Art? We have a few pieces in our house, mostly from Indonesia and West Africa. My wife has just acquired a Papuan Warrior Dress from West Papua. I think this is a purely ceremonial dress, I can’t imagine how impractical it would be in combat. The primary objective is to frighten and invoke superstitious fears in opponents. It is made from jungle fibers and shell beads with a carved shell nosepiece. This is now guarding the back door to our lounge room.

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  2. BrianW

    BrianW Synchromatic

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    Interesting art. A loose garment made from strong fibre may actually serve to absorb primitive weapon impact as well as be decorative. Hard to say without actually having it to hand, or trying it out (NOT recommending you do that!).

    I did collect some "primitive" soapstone carvings when I was first based in the Arctic. We were in the villages in the far north so had direct contact with the older carvers. Sadly, it didn't take very long, just a few years, before the southern buyers tastes dictated what was being produced. A tradition largely lost as the older carvers died off.

    I found it somewhat amusing to fly the carvings south "to market" to be sold as traditional after having flown the soapstone into that community because the nearest source was hundreds of mile away.
    Also sadly, I don't have any of the pieces I obtained.. I guess a divorce will do that
     
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  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I'd be a bit afraid that would start walking around in the house after the lights went out:eek::D
     
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  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Sheba is our chief night-time security officer. Nothing is allowed to move when we are asleep! :)
     
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  5. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations on your new stage costume ;)

    I have a Western African mask I bought at the market in Senegal. Quite beautiful if not precious.
     
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  6. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Pretty darn cool. Nice
     
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    ....well , it's keeping me out :p Actually is quite beautiful in it's own way
     
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  11. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    This looks quite similar to some pieces we have from Cameroon in Central Africa.
     
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  12. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    That looks so much like my sister-in-law.
     
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  13. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    :D:D
     
  14. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    I think that Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval is considered some kind of Primitive Art, IIRC :

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    It's a curious palace built by a French Postman (Ferdinand Cheval) from 1879 to 1912, located not very far from where I live. Well, considering the era, I'd say it is rather a Primitive Art Nouveau style, but it's me, OK ? :D

    http://www.facteurcheval.com/en/index.html

    In France (not to say in Europe, and beyond, of course !), what can be considered Primitive Art would be for sure cave paintings (peintures rupestres, art pariétal) from Lascaux, Font-de Gaume, Chauvet (discovered in the mid 90s IIRC)...

    Here are some pics from Lascaux (-14000 BC), dicovered in 1940 :

    The Bisons :
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    The Men of Lascaux :
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    The Unicorn :
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    A+!
     
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