The materials: Turquoise. Obsidian. Mother-of-pearl. Pyrite. Jello.
Marmalade. No! Wait! I digress Bone too. Don’t even ask where the
bone came from. You will know when I tell you what the piece is.
Hint: Blood. Guts. Sacrifice. Young virgins. But I ain’t sayin’
nuthin’ yet. The Chihuahua. The people: The Mixtecs. The format:
Mosaic. The item: Ah. here’s the rub.
Is it an animal? Is it a human? Is it a horse or a hippo or a man? Is
it kneeling or praying or is it laying low for an attack? Is it
yelling to a friend down yonder. or is its maw wide open ready to
swallow a hapless passing victim?
This was a time of extremely skilled craftsmanship. Energies were
expended in order to decorate masks and shields as well as human
skulls and sacrificial knife handles. The better artisans worked in
the court of Tenochtitlan.
These were the guys that created artifacts and jewels treasured by
the Aztec rulers. Mesoamerica. an area starting at Northern Mexico
and reaching down to Oaxaca and Maya where many pre-Columbian
societies flourished … this was where the jewelers of the day
showed the world that their people–sacrificing pretty young things
aside–were truly quite civilized. the proof of the pudding being the
beauty of their creations. As to the stabbings through the hearts of
their living young and fresh complexioned female compatriots. bah…
a mere incidental. a trifle. a bagatelle of insignificant
These mosaics dear friends, readers and countrymen–do I sound as if
I was addressing a Roman legion here–came around the time of the
advent of metalworking which also made its appearance during the
Post-Classic Period. There will be formidable items made of precious
metals coming your way soon.
As to the item you are about to view. that mosaic inlay of
semi-precious stones which combines the human and animal
characteristics. is the handle of a sacrificial knife which was
used–in a most civilized manner of course–to pierce the tissues of
living young 'uns of the female variety in order to appease the gods.
Ye gads man. who thinks these things up? And what are we anyway? But
I digress. for Tidbits is about jewelry and precious and semi-precious
stones. and nothing else. Absolutely nothing else. At all.
So. that said. you want to see a stunning mosaic sacrificial knife
handle? Hmmm? You know where. www.tyler-adam.com. Scroll down. Left
side. Tidbits. Click.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.