Sketchbook Page 7: Contemporary Scrimshander version 1

April 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Contemporary scrimshaw by unknown graffitti artist. Pencil drawing from ink on sperm whale ivory original.

In Greek myth dragon’s teeth feature prominently in the legends of the Phoenician prince Cadmus and Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece. In each case, the dragons teeth, once planted, would grow into fully armed warriors. In the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts there is a captivating scene where Aeetes prays for the goddess hecate to bring him the children of the hydra’s teeth – his prayers are answered when an army of skeletal warriors are ‘born’ from the ground. If we assume these warriors to be mortal victims of the hydra then what kind of monsters might be born from the teeth of Physeter macrocephalus?

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