15mm Later Yayoi Camp

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15mm Later Yayoi Camp

Post by Texus Maximus » Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:25 pm

This 15mm camp combines two distinctive elements of Late Yayoi Culture: Queen Himiko and the “dotaku”, a clapperless bronze bell with flanged sides.

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Queen Himiko was ruler of the Japanese territory later to be known as Yamato in the 3rd century AD. She was alleged to be an unmarried shaman who lived in a fortress served by 1,000 women. This Himiko figure is an excellent sculpt from Khurasan miniatures depicting her holding up a branch, presumably as part of some shaman ritual. The female attendants, also from Khurasan, were modified by adding long hair to match the Queen.

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The dotaku is being sounded by a converted Eureka brand Mound Builder figure.

Here is a photo from an auction site (Zacke.at) showing a Late Yayoi Dotaku:

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The dotaku was made by cutting off part of a plastic house from the bits box. It was some kind of Spongebob thing? I don’t know. But it was the right shape and size. You can see it upside down on the left side of the photo.

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The basic shape was then modified with Green Stuff to add flanges. The “ears” were made by pulling the Green Stuff out with a pair of tweezers.

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References:

https://www.worldhistory.org/Queen_Himiko/
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