Its a struggle at the moment, the picture is continuously changing. Here is a guide to some of the new work if anyone should find it interesting. I have never made such a record before of the development of a painting. Every step of the way is of interest to the painter, but it makes my friends eyes glaze over, this obsession with the painting.
I find myself using the painting as a way of introducing myself to these extraordinary people. Because we have so little to go on, just the great stones, other sculpture, the architecture and form, some finds of interesting settlements where a communal form of life appeared to have existed with a large central food storage pit at the heart of the settlement. There was no written language, no pottery, no farming, no jewellery, but a rich culture if the stones are evidence to go on.
Each stone appears to have been a figure, perhaps a deity, perhaps a manifestation of a deity. Associated with each one are sometimes animals, as though the stones possessed individual characteristics, or was connected to its own myth. Some stones have ‘guardians’ connected to them, three dimensional figures carved in relief from part of the stone. In the centre of the rough circle or elipse formed by these stones are the two great stones.
The stones, it appears, were built into 2 meter high surrounding wall, facing inwards. Maybe the back of each stone was accessible from a platform accessing separate shrines. The pitted tops to the stones suggest offerings, burnings, sacrifice maybe.
A ‘portal stone’ named by Klaus the excavator of the site, gave entrance to the inner sanctuary. It was a discrete and enormous stone, a portal stone forcing entrants to step over a high stone portal in the same way that indian temples are so arranged. The appearance of a ‘top knot’ (possible depicting a snake and a moon) on the heads of what may have been monks, further suggests a vedic connection with these people.
At any rate, these people carry images and symbols from the ancient ice age peoples in a complex and elaborate system. Many of their ideas crop up in other places; Chatal Huyuk, Zoroastrianism, Egyptian religious symbolisms, and some of the signs of the zodiac are carved on pillars which are sometimes arranged in 12’s suggesting an astronomical (or astrological) connection.
Were they the proto Indo Europeans? were they the origin of the Semitic people? the Vedic peoples? or maybe all of them. Our ignorance gives wings to our imaginations.