Timothy Nimmo was accepted into the Society of Animal Artists in May 5 of 2013 as a Signature Member. The Society of Animal Artists is an organization comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world. The mission of the Society of Animal Artists is to promote excellence in the portrayal of domesticated and wild animals in art.
Timothy Nimmo joined the Rocky Mountain Animal Artists in 2013. This is group is composed of SAA members in the Rocky Mountain region. Though not officially affiliated with SAA, membership in that grou...
Sculpture: 'Shamanic Vision (abstract Embellished Leopard statue)' by Timothy Nimmo
Bronze Idealised Romantic Embellished Shamanistic Black Leopard Statuette Figurine Statue Sculpture Ornament for sale for Indoors Inside Interior display in the House or Home on the Desktop or Table top by the Charismatic American Sculptor Timoyhy Nimmo who writes.... " Shamanic Vision sees a leopard idol through the mind`s eye of the shaman or true believer. They see not just the idol or made object; but imbue it with the spirit of the god it pays homage to. So the leopard is somewhat stiff in it`s hind quarters, but the head begins to move, the paw raises up as to strike, and the ferocity of the leopard god`s spirit begins to animate the physical effigy.
The concept of Shamanic Vision came from several carved Scythian big cats (presumed leopards, as the leopard is used often in other Scythian art) found in barrows in Siberia. (Several of these may be seen on my website in the "Inspirations" collection.) The carvings were unique, but very similar in pose and character. They all show a snarling leopard in repose. These were obviously important to them as several very similar carving have been found interred with their dead, though their actual meaning has been lost to the ages and can only be speculated on. Timothy became captivated by them- looking at them for hours wondering, "What did they mean? What did they see in these? How did they come to interpret the natural animal this way?" In trying to understand this, he overlay-ed the actual animal onto the carved artifact; and thus Shamanic Vision was conceived.
The idea of an ancient idol made as a holy object of worship also gave rise to the idea of playing with alternate materials. As with any homage to a god- nothing but the best would do. Precious materials were also themselves though to have magical properties in and of themselves. Hence the gold leaf on the inlaid parts. The eyes, the windows to the soul of the god, are fossil mammoth ivory and amber.
Please note that the eye whites are fossil mammoth ivory. This is ivory which has been taken from extinct mammoth and mastodons. While the remains of the animal are categorized as a fossil, the tusks have not been mineralized as in dinosaur fossils. They remain non ossified ivory. This is legal in the USA; but international laws on fossil ivory are unknown. By the way, I will be more than happy to provide copies of the receipts of the materials as proof.
15 x 33 x 15 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 6 in x 1 ft 1 in x 6 in
Indoors only (finish and/or material and/or size may be unsuitable for the garden)
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