Alicante red marble
52 x 19 x 11 cm
This series of sculptures are inspired by the work ''The Language Of The Goddess'' (1989), by the Lithuanian archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994). In this work, Gimbutas analysed and classified a multitude of archaeological artifacts - small sculptures and objects of bone, stone, and ceramics - extracted from various Neolithic sites in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, in order to identify the meaning of a pictorial "script" developed at the dawn of European agriculture, nine or eight thousand years ago. With an interdisciplinary approach, which drew on archaeology, but also ethnography, linguistics, and comparative mythology, Gimbutas sought to reconstruct not only the symbology itself but also a goddess-inspired religion and a peaceful, balanced ideological system in tune with Nature, which would leave an indelible mark on the Western psyche.
“Whirlwind signs seem to ensure a smooth transition from one phase to the next, from one cardinal point to another. These signs represent life and cyclical time that moves in a circle or in a cosmic spiral.”
Free translation of: Gimbutas, Marija (1989): The Language of the Goddess (fragment).
“(…) some of the most elaborate spirals [of the Newgrange and Knowth burial mounds, in Ireland] are probably calendrical representations. (… ) If correct, it would imply that one or a few individuals developed skills for celestial observations, the design of complex motifs and their preservation in rock. (…) Such signs could, for example, represent the variable length of daylight from winter to summer and back to winter. In more general terms, they could express the abstract notion of increase followed by decrease or growth followed by decay, as can be observed in nature: sunrise and sunset, waxing and waning moon phases, rising and falling tides. Symbolically, this could also reflect the cycle of life with the birth and death of flowers, trees, animals and humans.”
Free translation of: Türler, Marc: “Calendaric interpretation of spirals in Irish megalithic art”. In: Draxler, S.; Lippitsch, M.E.; Wolfschmidt (eds.): Armonía y simetría. Regularidades celestiales que dan forma a la cultura humana. Proceedings of the SEAC Conference, Graz, 2018 (fragment).
Bottom image: K67 Newgrange kerbstone. Photo: www.sketchfab.com