Friday, March 12, 2010

Hairpin, sinahi, slingstones...

The above sinahi was carved from the tridacna gigas shell and beaded with orange spondylus shell. As is visible, take note on the spondylus inlay to the right and left hand of the sinahi. You must be asking yourself, what is that? Well, it is how I sign my sinahi carving which differentiates it from that of other carvers. Again, this is just a signature so as to identify all my sinahi carvings. Additionally, the sinahi measure approximately four and a half inches in length and about two inches thick.
(Left to Right) The first sling stone was carved from the tridacna gigas shell; the second from blue coral; the third is an artifact slingstone carved from stone; and the fourth from tridacna gigas.

Again the sinahi has been signed with spondylus inlay and is about three and a half inches long and about one inch thick.

This sinahi was carved from the bear paw giant clam that was found right here on the island of Sa'ipan. In essence, this piece was technically touched by an Ancient Chamorro; or atleast I'd like to think so; now wouldn't that be something. I will be uploading a picture of the bear paw giant clam in the near future. Anyhow, this sinahi is about four inches long and one and a half inches thick in the middle.

This hairpin was carved from the bone of a blue marlin (Pelagic fish). At the tip, a Latte Stone was carved to represent the Chamorro people; as is visible, pokse twine was added to give a more traditional appearance.

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