Sunday, July 31, 2011

boxes of sorts


3 boxes/amulets that I have had for many years

the first, a turquoise and coral pendant/box
the second a gift from India,
the third I can not remember where I got it from, I think that it is also from India

I like that you can work out how they have been made just by looking at them
also, they are all designed to hold something, so they are not just about what they look like, but have an intention

An anthology devoted to small boxes, such as chests and caskets, would constitute an important chapter in psychology.These complex pieces that a craftsman creates are very evident witnesses of the need for secrecy, of an intuitive sense of hiding places. It is not merely a matter of keeping a possession well guarded. The lock doesn't exist that could resist absolute violence, and all locks are an invitation to thieves. A lock is a psychological threshold...

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, drawers, chests and wardrobes