Inspiration for 3D printed cultural interactions

Journey of the Dagger

The golden dagger was made by a craftsman who had various ancestors such as the Celts, Scythians, Gauls, and Egyptians. He lived near the Black Sea. The sea was a melting- pot for the people of the world. His ancestors shared their skills, techniques, languages and cultures around the sea. There were no borders and checkpoints at that time.

The dagger was commissioned by a king of Bactria who wanted to have a diplomatic relationship with Silla. The king of Bactria sent a diplomat to Silla with the dagger. It was the most beautiful ornament in the era. When the diplomat passed the Kizil caves, he asked an artist to draw a figure of the diplomat in one of the caves. He wanted to memorialise his great journey permanently.

Eventually, he arrived in Silla and presented the dagger to the Khan of Silla. From the 4th to the 6th century AD, Silla was a nomadic kingdom and the people of Silla called their leader Khan. The last Khan was killed by a Chinese Emperor in 500 AD. After the death of the Khan, the leaders of Silla were called kings

The Khan of Silla was interested in the symbols on the dagger; it looked very dynamic, harmonic, and balanced. He asked about the meaning of the symbols on it. The symbol was called the triskele. This powerful symbol originated in Egypt. The Egyptians used a symbol which consisted of a single head, with one eye, and three fish bodies to heal their eye diseases. And, the Celts adopted the symbol to use at burial sites to protect their ancestors souls from evil. The Khan of Silla ordered the word triskele to be translated into the Sillan language and asked that it be used at the Kameun, the Buddhists' temple as a charm.

The Bactrian diplomat told the Khan that their ancestor came from far to the west of Bactria. The land was a dense forest, not like it is now - hot, dry and covered with sand dunes. He told him that the mother of us all succeeded in breaking the invisible chain and got out of the forest. That was the moment our history began.

Written by Chris Bahng  2013
3D Printed Cultural Interactions (Object),
3D Printable Sandstone,
480 (H) x 90 (W) x 30 (D) mm,
Photo: Chris Bahng

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