FÁFNIRJanuary 18, 2024
HANDPOKE BAMBERG WOLFJanuary 17, 2024
This mask has always been among my favorite pieces of Viking art.
It comes from an ivory panel that decorated the Bamberg casket, a Mammen-style casket made about a thousand years ago, which you can see by scrolling through the photos.
I tried to remain as close as possible to the design of the original mask, modifying it minimally to make it more anatomical, in order to dress the body without distorting the authenticity of the subject.
The subject of the mask is inextricably linked to cults and rituals in pre-Christian societies.
In fact, it has always been considered a means of communication between men and divinities, between ours and an "other" world, a tool that allows one to alienate oneself from space-time conventions, in order to project oneself within a divine world, mystical.
It was chosen from the available projects in my book and I had the enormous honor of tattooing it entirely by hand, without using a machine.