We are faced (we means you and I folks)…we are faced with a dual
dilemma. The first is this: If it’s not jewelry and you write pretty
much exclusively about jewelry. how do you justify the article that
is about to come into existence? The answer is simple. Take a bit of
wire. make it into a loop. solder it onto your item of interest. and
presto gasatz. you’ve got a pendant. and that’s jewelry.
Dilemma number two is not so simple as it requires enormous team
effort. This means getting everyone to pull in the same direction.
Not so difficult. They do that in congress every day. no? Here’s the
thing of it. I have this beastie. Stunning. Drop dead gorgeous. Not
to be concerned over the mere fact that it’s sticking it’s tongue out
at you in apparent contempt. Curling tongues are typical of the art
produced in the southern kingdom of Chu in China. It’s a mythical
creature. It has no identity.
If it were to look in the mirror it would have not a clue as to what
it was. How could it? We have not yet classified it. Creatures like
this live in a limbo of non-existence till we give it an order, a
family, a genus, and a species. Till then it’s a nothing. A zip. A
So the way I see it. the least we can do is give it a name. That’s
where you come it. Let me tell you a bit about it. I’m putting a loop
on top so that in a day or so it will be a pendant and therefore
It was cast in bronze using the lost wax technique. It dates back
from the 13th to the 11th century BC. It emanates from a culture that
developed original features independent from the influence of
This charming little chap clearly emanates from a highly developed
society about which we know little for they had no written references
relating to their existence. But we have our little beastie do we
not? And if he seems a little truculent in attitude, what with his
tongue sticking out and his wide stance depicting a somewhat
pugnacious nature … well. you would be the same if you had no name.
So let’s go folks. Give this critter a name. Tell me what it is if
you want. Or not. I want to set its spirits free.
So now go. Look. Admire. And if you like. faint with pleasure while
being struck with awe at such beauty.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits. may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits. click it. and you will see represented on our
pages an image of a mythical bronze creature of days of yore.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.