Kodama Brooch 2
Kodama Brooch 2
The Kodama are a Japanese mountain forest spirit that are said to inhabit the forest and especially certain old growth trees. Many of these trees are protected from being cut down in respect for the tree spirit that resides within it. I have always had a fondness for mythological characters that are of nature, especially so when they foster positive human behaviours in relation to our environment. Sometimes it is worth believing in the unknowable.
These brooches feature a pyritized ammonite fossil that has been sliced to show the chambers of the ammonite. Typically ammonite is sliced in the opposite direction to display the spiral of the ammonite shell. The direction of the cutting has revealed pattern and openings that are easy to anthropomorphize; to give human characteristics. Immediately you can imagine a small face looking back at you. If you are familiar with the Studio Ghibly animation Princess Mononoke, you will see the relation to the interpretation of kodama of the movie.
The back of the brooch is a handmade silver fitted support with a silver pin and catch, shown in the last photo. I made the backing to snugly fit behind and inside the ammonite, so as to not be seen from the front in order to further emulate the look of spirit faces hovering without aid of a bezel or other visible attachment. The backing has been oxidized to blend in with the colouration of the fossil.
Dimensions: Height 3.1cm (~1.2") x Width 2.8cm (~1.1") x Depth 0.75cm (~0.3") Depth including pin 1.1cm (~0.4")