Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
1Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
A Sami Wooden Idol

A Sami Wooden Idol

Ratings: (0)|Views: 4|Likes:
Published by Cliff
A wooden idol from the Sami culture of northern Scandinavia. The composition follows the structure of the ancient system of depicted sign language.
A wooden idol from the Sami culture of northern Scandinavia. The composition follows the structure of the ancient system of depicted sign language.

More info:

Published by: Cliff on Nov 02, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

12/06/2014

pdf

text

original

 
nordiska@nordiskamuseet.se
A Sami Wooden Idol
Clifford C. RicheyNovember 2013
 Illustration 1: Photo: Nordiska Museet collection
It might be helpful to refer to:http://www.scribd.com/doc/12507!15/"ni#ersal$%rehistoric$&epicted$'ign$(anguagewhen reading this paper as it e)plains the use of *orm+ Imager,+ -esture signs+'tance+allusion and position as used in composing gl,phs.
 
lthough the wooden *igure in the Illustrations is called an idol it is actuall, more of a cosmological representation and was created from a combination of signs based on depicted sign language. his s,stem of composition is #er, ancient dating back perhaps !0+000 ,ears or more. It was used b, a #ariet, of cultures all o#er the world. ecause of this there is no need to entertain a rather wisp, ungian framework about a human collecti#e unconscious. an, ancient compositions were based on a od, template of some kind. 'uch templates were human+animals+ plants+ or e#en ob3ects. he templates pro#ided a base upon which the signs could be organi4ed much as the, would ha#e been when the gesture signer organi4ed his signing around his ownod,.
 Illustration 2: “Gobba,” a Sami woodenidol from Storuktan, !"sterbotten#ount$,Sweden%  Illustration &: 'lternate !iew
 
he *orm of the od, is #ague but might be the in the shape of a ree with its roots and branches. hisis made more probable in that the *igure was made from the parts of a tree. If such was the case then the ree ma, ha#e represented the ancient concept of the ree of (ife. %arts of the ancient cosmologies were based on a metaphor made with the water c,cle. In the case of the ree the underl,ing concept was a metaphor based on a knowledge of osmosis. ater+ containing female$water$spirits+ was taken upfrom the *eet of the ree 6its roots and up the runk of od, to the (imbs 6the arms to the 8ands 6thelea#es from which the water arose to the 'k, in the form of ater$drops 6parts of the water or particlesof water.9iewed in the abo#e manner the tree is not an idol but rather a configuration of signs that represent words and phrases. hese messages not onl, carried a cosmolog, but also knowledge of the natural world.
 Illustration (: )otal *orm Illustration +: ri-inal

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->