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21 Faces of
From the Charm Altars at Temixwten

by Bruce Brown

Table of Contents
21 Temixwten Artifacts Presented in Apparent Chronological Order

introduction thumbnail Introduction to the Exhibit
by Bruce Brown
45-WH-5-1205 thumbnail
1) Charm
7,500 years ago

45-WH-5-1691 thumbnail
2) Charm

6,500 years ago
45-WH-5-1641 thumbnail
3) Pocket Blade

6,300 years ago
45-WH-5-1556 thumbnail
4) Charm
6,000 years ago

45-WH-5-1182 thumbnail
5) Ceremonial Celt
6,000 years ago
45-WH-5-1491 thumbnail
6) Pocket Blade
6,000 years ago
45-WH-5-1476 thumbnail
7) Pocket Blade
5,800 years ago
45-WH-5-1201 thumbnail
8) Charm
5,800 years ago
45-WH-5-1552 thumbnail
9) Charm
5,500 years ago
45-WH-5-1632 thumbnail10) Pocket Blade

5,500 years ago
45-WH-5-1656 thumbnail11) Ceramic Core

3,500 years ago
45-WH-5-1506 thumbnail12) Pocket Blade

3,300 years ago
45-WH-5-1415 thumbnail13) Pocket Blade
3,300 years ago
45-WH-5-1629 thumbnail14) Pocket Blade

3,300 years ago
45-WH-5-1513 thumbnail
15) Charm
3,300 years ago
45-WH-5-1477 thumbnail16) Charm
3,000 years ago
45-WH-5-1436 thumbnail17) Pocket Blade

3,000 years ago
45-WH-5-1710 thumbnail18) Charm

3,000 years ago
45-WH-5-1050 thumbnail19) Charm

3,000 years ago
45-WH-5-1050 thumbnail20) Charm

2,800 years ago
45-WH-5-1281 thumbnail21) Charm

2,500 years ago
With a Selected Online Bibliography.  

21 Faces of
The God That Man Forgot
From the Charm Altars at Temixwten

1) Charm

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Temixwten Artifact: 45-WH-5-1205

Description: BEHOLD the White Pig Dragon!

This somewhat crudely executed piece displays several essential visual elements of the One-Eyed God isolated against a simple, unadorned backdrop.

Here the White Dragon is shown upside-down, contorted and bent over backwards to both fit the available space and define principal features of the One-Eyed God's face.

In this figuration, the White Dragon's feet are pointing straight up at the top right where the White Dragon's long tail is also depicted as a heavy, nearly horizontal white line curving off the right side of the charm.

The White Dragon's long neck and head curve around to the viewer's left to define the One-Eyed God's one eye, while the White Dragon's bat wing define's the One-Eyed God's nose. The head of the dragon has a swine-like head and snout, identifying it as a pig dragon.

The pig dragon arose in Asia at a time when the power of the domesticated pig to change the world and people's place in it was the greatest power known to man, so the pig merged with the primordial snake / dragon of Yangshao Culture to form the new god for the new age: the pig dragon.

The pig dragon ruled the imaginations of men for thousands of years until the domestication of the horse swept everything else away, and the Chinese dragon took the long snouted look of the horse, which it retains to this day.

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THERE ARE several Xs -- the ancient symbol for snakeskin and by extension, the Serpent -- excised into the face and body of the White Pig Dragon in 45-WH-5-1205, as also seen in 45-WH-5-1281. Several of the Xs center on the One-Eyed God's one seeing eye, creating an effect of rays emanating from the eye of god. 45-WH-5-1201 also has this rays from the eye of god effect.

It is possible that these Xs were added at some time after the charm was manufactured.

Technology: crudely carved and incised white stone

Approximate Age: 7,500 years ago.

Basis for Age Estimate: I base this age estimate on the appearance the white dragon with a pig-like snout. This suggests that this charm dates to before the domestication of the horse, possibly early Hongshan, or 7,000 or more years ago.

I believe the crudeness of this piece indicates it may have been made in the far north, not in China proper. There is an Inuit flavor to 45-WH-5-1205, both in the free composition and the White Dragon's smiling face, like the smile on the face of the Eskimo spirit, Amekak, in a mask at the Museum of the American Indian.

Provenance: Collected at Temixwten by the property owner. Museum of the Salish Collection.



White Dragon and One-Eyed God: here the White Dragon's feet are pointing straight up at the top where the White Dragon's long tale is also depicted. The dragon's long neck and head curve around to define the One-Eyed God's one eye, while the dragon's bat wing define's the One-Eyed God's nose. Several Xs, the ancient symbol for the snake, have been incised into the face of the One-Eyed God.

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