05 October 2012

Pigmented sculpture from central Texas combines bird, rabbit and human forms

Ronda Eldridge find, Bee House, Texas

The bird's head may be seen at left, in the middle the bird's wings serve as the ears of a rabbit with a smiling face (Ohio motif analog in flint) and at right is the profile of a human face with a ground and then pigmented (white) eye.

Ronda writes about her interpretation of the sculpture: "The 'bee' is a whopper with regard to size measuring out at five inches by almost eight inches across. I would say it easily weighs over a pound. What I see as an "eye" has a white substance inside of it. There are no other white areas on the entire piece. Bees have a significant history associated with the area and there is still a significant amount of vegetation along the creek here pollinated by bees. Of course, I am assuming it is a bee when I realize it may have represented some other winged creature.

The "duck" heads are almost as common as the ones that look like cardinals. I have seen wild ducks fly through here but in our recent drought years, they never stay long. It would have been exciting to see what differences in the terrain existed at the time these artifacts were created."

The only white part of the sculpture is the eye of the human. A human facial profile opposite the animal or bird figure is seen repeated again in this remarkable piece. Native American art scholars and archaeologists should be studying a piece like this, with black and white pigment residues available for scientific composition analysis.

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Ken Johnston detected a smiling face image in pigment below the bird/bee wings/rabbit ears.

A broadly smiling, winking rabbit figure has been described from Ohio previously on this blog which lends support to this interpretation of "intentional pigmentation" of the mouth shape on the middle face on the Texas sculpture. Now I can suggest the "Happy rabbit" was an iconic art motif in portable rock art of prehistoric middle North America.

-kbj

1 comment:

  1. Ken the bigger story c.a.h. referred to is the journey of the souls both rocks tell.the side you got pictured today is a priest eagle dancer his right wing is pointing to the eastern sky. He wears a coyote head dress. the right wing is a picture its of the bird man head wearing a eagle head dress.in this eagle head dress is picture of that sacred hoop with the eagle coming out the center representing the sixth direction.it highlights the north area of the sacred hoop and tiny picture above is the bird man releasing the soul he has collected for the year to what is called the gate of God or the golden gate.the rabbit is represntative of the silver gate or the gate of man.the rabbit's in illusion its also a hen sitting on a nest of eggs, this can be better viewed in the texas one.the hen and nest also turn in to the hawk moth.that's why under the insects wing r two eyes of a cardinal head pointing south.the hawk moth has a bird head imprint on its wings and it metamorphosis is likened to the metamorphosis of the soul in its journeys.the hens eggs r souls and the lightning in the rock is them returning to earth.I know it sounds wild but it is what it is.

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