The Power of Images



There is an excellent exhibition of ethnic art at the National Art Center Tokyo. The exhibition, “The Power of Images” shows a large number of works from The National Museum of Ethnology Collection. For any designer or artist the works on exhibit can provide a wealth of inspiration. I loved this yarn painting by a Mexican artist Elijio Carillo Vicente. Beeswax and pine resin is pasted onto a board and then yarn is applied into it. The pictures shows the rite to awaken the power of the gods, and a shaman is depicted sending the spirits of children to the realms of the gods. On the left side, the mara’akame shaman stands in front of a drum and conveys the spirit to the suspended altar. The children’s spirits are then taken to the realm of the gods by the eagle flying over the altar.


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