Saturday, October 07, 2006

Shrunkhead

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It's really taking on some character now! Kind of weird though, the way the left side of the forehead caved in... must've been a bruise there or something.

Ok, I've become strangely obsessed with shrunken heads, their history and lore... something I never would have even thought of if not for my apple head. I dug up some interesting factoids... click the pics to see some nice articles. As I suspected, the lips and eyes were sewn shut to trap the enemy's spirit inside, so the grisly trophy became a totem of power and a symbol of disgrace to the vanquished enemy and his entire tribe. Here's the biggest chunk of info i found... an entire site devoted to the shrunken head - or Tsantsa as it's called by the Jivaro tribe, the only tribe ever known to actually create the macabre trinkets. Well, the practice was actually carried out as well by Nazis in prison camps, and the results put on display - fully recognizable - to inspire terror in the inmates.

5 comments:

herself said...

I won't be clicking, but the apple head looks great!! How is it that your apple's arbitrary shrinkage is resulting in such a similar look as your sculpted witch puppet? That's wild.

mefull said...

your apple head is looking good, Do you think you could carve some apple hands to go with it?

Darkstrider said...

Well Shell, it does look similar to the original apple head on which the witch was based... but mostly just the eyes.

Handses.... could be fun. I don't know where I'd put them though... I just plan to keep the head hanging around.......

mefull said...

Yea I know what are you going to do with them.
I wonder if you could make a silicon mold and cast a urathane head or something? It looks so cool the way all the detail comes out as it shrinks.

Darkstrider said...

Hmmm... yeah, I'm sure that would work. In fact, once you've cast up a resin head, you could modify anything that shrank up kind of weird.