Artist : Jimmy K Thaiday
Medium: Ceramics (Woodfired) & Cast Resin
Size: 44cm x 26cm x 17cm
Title: Nam Kerem
Nam Kerem (Turtle Head) is an ancient zogo (sacred) rock sculpture carved into the shape of a turtlehead. In primitive history the people of Erub (Darnley Island) would worship this zogo rock and in return it would provide them with rich turtle seasons.
The ceremony connected with this zogo, the Zogo Le (sacred person) would pour turtle oil with herbs and spices and chant special prayers on Nam Kerem. Turtles would then come in numbers to the shores of Erub to nest and be taken as a food source, its oil was also taken to anoint magical rocks. This zogo is no longer practised, but the stories of Nam Kerem, its purpose and its use is known amongst Erubam Le.
Ceramic stand constructed from Clayworks R.S.F. clay and raw fired in wood kiln using pine and hardwood to 1220 degrees Celsius, total firing time 21 hours.
Turtle head formed from resin and surface treated with acrylic paint.