Currently reading : that which is the inheritance
I never had had.
One who fingers savagely at a material knot and yet cannot undo it. To myself adding: “Have I?” A task in part the tissue of doubt.
I speak, too, of multiple larynxes.
Am I now happy to be able to tell stories and surround others with knotted space and endangered equilibrium?
Talk is conditional.
When do I ever suppose that my words sustain themselves within inner multitudes?
Reflective anonymous designs contribute to the development of one sweet sum which expresses itself as a bursting forth flame in the shanty a voice telling of them.
tracing of a genital tattoo taken from the body of Rangi-Tea-Pakura, a Maori woman of rank
(drawing by Dr. Shortland)
left: tattoos on the right arm of a French thief expelled from France.
right: tattoos on the body of a French sailor and deserter.
(ink drawing 19th century)
inside pages from ‘Chodo Zue’, a book showing a collection of monochrome decorative designs for ‘tansu’ and acessories like boxes for combs and writing sets.
(the compiler Aoki Hisakuni is otherwise unknown)
illustration showing white magnolia blossom (Magnolia altifima) and its seed pod.
oriental Manuscript in Burmese-Pali
New Zealand: Maori wooden club (mere).
(albumen print, 18th century)
plaster cast of the face of Tauque Te Whanoa, a Rotorua native, of the Arawa tribe showing Maori tattooing, ‘Moko’, performed with a serrated chisel and mallet with soot rubbed into the open wound to provide colouring.
plaster cast taken by Sir G. Guy (?)
tattoo on a piece of human skin showing a female face
(late 19th century)
tattoo on a piece of human skin showing a male bust and a flower stem
(late 19th century)
Taawattaa, the Priest from Madison Island (Nuku Hiva)
(engraving c. 1813)
human head containing jostling human figures.
(crayon drawing, 1929)
Yantra mediation uses shapes and symbols engraved on to plaques to focus the mind. Mediation and yoga are recommended as part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Ayurveda is a Hindu medical traditional that aims to preserve and restore balance in the body through holistic treatments including diet and exercise.
(unkown maker, made bwn 1801-1900 in India)
Te Kuha: a carver and warrior
(watercolour by H.G. Robley)