Ammit

This was a series of paintings I created at ECU for my senior show, the series was based on how mythological animals came about through descriptions. Back in the dark ages all information was based on word of mouth, if a person saw an animal they were not familiar with the easiest way to describe it to someone else is to build a picture with parts of animals that they did know. For example, if you were trying to describe an elephant to someone who had never seen one before it could be described as a giant animal with a long snake nose, bat ears and legs like tree trunks. Scribes at the time would draw pictures of the supposed animal with large inaccuracies that would later be turned into a mythological creature. To capture the description of separate animal parts I painted onto multiple canvas of different sizes and hung them accordingly.

_Andrewsarchus

“Ammit (/ˈæmᵻt/; “devourer” or “soul-eater”; also spelled Ammut or Ahemait) was a female demon in ancient Egyptian religion with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus and crocodile—the three largest “man-eating” animals known to ancient Egyptians.”-Wikipedia

Ammit_BD

An animal with the face of a crocodile, the front body of a lion and the back body of a hippo. What could they have been describing? It wasn’t uncommon for ancient people to find the fossilized bones of extinct animals. They usually didn’t understand these bones were from an extinct animal and no longer exists. For example, dinosaur bones were found and the myth of dragons came about.

“Andrewsarchus is an extinct genus of mammal that lived during the middle Eocene epoch in what is nowInner Mongolia, China. Only one species is usually recognized, A. mongoliensis, known from a single skull of great size discovered in 1923 during the expeditions of central Asia by the AMNH. Generally classified as a mesonychid since its original description, most recent studies recover it as an artiodactyl, in one study specifically, as a member of the cladeCetacodontamorpha, closely related to entelodonts, hippos and whales.”-Wikipedia

Andrewsarchus_DB.jpgAndrewsarchus_model

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