from Chapter 6
Beauty in Oksapmin Arrows
[Note: The philosophic structure of the world, the opposites--difference
and sameness, junction and separation, for example--is composed on these
slim pieces of wood.]
[A. Difference and Sameness.] In the
foreshaft carving shown in Figure 20 [below], every line or edge, with
very few exceptions, is a diagonal. One can see also that the wood
carver was interested in putting forms within forms similar to them, but
differing in a variety of ways. This is typical of Oksapmin foreshaft
[B. Standing Free (or Separation)
and Junction.] In the carving of Figure 20, there are varieties
of diamond shapes within diamond shapes. And these diamond shapes
either stand free--as they do in the bottom row and in an upper row--or
join each other.
Figure 20. Rubbing of foreshaft of carved arrow.