|Dancing figure of a shaman, with stand.
Height 18 inches (32 cm).
An original design made from batik cotton fabric on a wire armature. His hair is unwashed wool.
Dressed in suede and a piece of a vintage fur scarf.
Accessories: the flute is camel bone. Skull on the wooden wand is from a rat. He wears beads of horn, shell, coral glass, and metal.
Stand is wire on a wooden base. The wire flexes, so he dances if there's a little breeze.
Sorry, hes in a private collectionbut if youre interested in something similar, contact me.
|The shaman - medicine man - wise man (or woman) plays an important part in many cultures.
My Dancing Shaman represents a combination of many ethnicities. His shoes are from a book on Mongolian costume. His belt is from Africa. The beaded fur headpiece and leather leggings recall Native American costumes. His beads come from many cultures.
When I was buying the piece of bone I used for the shamans bone flute, my husband commented it looked like something that belonged on a pot-bellied, old Siberian shaman. As I started to sketch ideas before cutting the pattern, the image of a little old potbellied shaman was in my mind . He wouldnt go away until the figure was finished.