Symbolism is the most effective and subtle
means of depicting abstract ideas in a visual
medium. Through art, many layers of meaning
can be revealed at once and then explored at
leisure to uncover the artist's message. When art
is combined with religion, the symbolism is even
more enriched. This fabulous pendant is laden
with symbolic detail which may never be fully
understood. Yet, none of the excitement is lost
by virtue of its sheer power and strange beauty.
It is composed of two identical zoomorphic
figures in the shape of stylized crocodiles. Their
heads are virtual masterpieces of abstract design
using triangles, spirals and semi-curves in an
intricate weave like jungle foliage. There are two
snakes looping over the ears, biting into a
connecting extension of tightly bond coils.
Dragon-like creatures emerge from the
crocodiles' mouths, rearing upwards as if
breathing fire. The two bodies form the base of
the pendant, decorated with a series of three
triangular holes and spikes at the neck. The feet
are effectively done using coils to give the
impression of claws curling around a branch.
Both crocodile and snake were significant ritual
animals, considered important both in this world
and the realm of the supernatural. A pendant
such as this one was probably made for and
worn by a chief or shaman who used it as a
symbol of his power and status in society.
Through the art of a master goldsmith we are
allowed to feel this power, which shines with its
own radiant energy. ....trudy