Friday, March 12, 2010

Boars tusk, sinahi, salape...

The above art work is a boars tusk locally known as kotniyos. This particular piece has a bunch of straight and triangular lines carved into it; which gives its tribal appearance. Additionally, it has a spondylus money bead as a centerpiece with the kotniyos being bound with pokse' (this is a fiber from the pagu tree and is used for tying and lashing things together); and then strung with a black waxed nylon rope that was braided.
The art works above illustrates a replicated Chamorro money (Salape') bead to your left and a contemporay hook design (Haguet) to your right. Both these pieces were carved from the tridacna gigas shell. To the left (Salape'), the salape' is strung with a black braided rope; to the right the haguet has a pokse' tied near the top to represent what was used for threading in the Ancient Chamorro Society. The haguet is then beaded with either tiger or letter cone shells.

The above art work are, two hima sinahi to the right and the hook or haguet to the left is the same one that I described above. The sinahi on the breast plate is beaded with orange spondylus shell; the sinahi to the right uses a mixture of cone shells as its beads.


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