My Mini Rasta Head From Negril, Jamaica: A Deeper Meaning Unveiled

in #reggaesteemlast year (edited)

Every time I go to Jamaica I buy myself a wooden sculpture. The masterful art of the Jamaican woodcarver is something quite extraordinary. It’s one thing to walk into a shop and visually see all of their workmanship, but an entirely different perspective actually getting to see them work in front of your very eyes. The intricacies are immaculately chipped and chiseled into the wooden canvas as it slowly manifests into something solely unique to the artist themselves. Each piece has a story.

For me, this piece describes the Jamaican people as the society I know them to be. Not as many others may perceive them having never even been to the island and passing prejudgments from misconceptions and other preconceived notions or biases. It’s not fair to judge and classify an entire culture of people based on factors of predisposition such as poverty and hardship.

If anything, the hardships which have been endured and overcome goes simply to show how hard and dedicated the people which make up the country of Jamaica are as a unit. It has and always will be a collective effort here. It’s embedded in their blood.

This piece also represents perfectly the efforts which are taking place here on reggaesteem. It’s quality, and we pride ourselves here on reggaesteem on this particular attribute. The time and effort we spend here has meaning, just as this Rasta head does as it rests perched in my room above my night stand. The meaning tells me to look deeper and see through the surface to a more deeply rooted beginning that has allowed us to progress to a current state that we never thought humanly possible.

The ways of the past lead us to reach new heights, and think- without these prior experiences, none of what happened today would have even become a reality tomorrow. Thank you to all who have paved the way forward. We be JAHM’in, mon.

Respect,
@conradsuperb

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The artwork shows the sense of creativity embedded within reggae. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece. Upvoted by @olasamuel with love.


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Yessir, not only reggae, but the entire Rastafarian and Jamaican culture
Respect

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I loved this work of art really is very different and striking excellent


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Thank you, mari
Sure the artisto would love hearing these kind words you share as well

Respect

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Buying locally produced crafts is so much better than going to your local generic shop and buying mass-produced 'art'. I've fallen into the pattern of buying masks, although only possess them from about 1/4th of the countries I've been to. The walls are starting to look intriguing.


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100 percent. Much more Quality and small community vendor support goes a long way, even in smaller quantities. I like it. It’s your own personal collection. Do you ever wear the masks cat?

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 last year 

Most of the masks are meant to hang on the wall

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@conradsuperb
Yes sir.
As if it was yesterday, I can distinctly remember you bargaining with the craftsman. It was a mutual transaction with only respectful intentions, and goes to show how this mantra of ‘respect’ has been ingrained from the early beginnings in the Jamaican.
As you well know, this is my living mantra to live by
Respect son

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Only respect
Respect

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@conradsuperb, Sometimes level of Imagination and Thoughtfulness which we see in Craftsmanship shows the pure Awakening and their Artful Journey. In a way i can see very living essence of Tree in this Sculpture. Stay blessed.

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Yessir, from the origins to the finished piece- created with heart and soul. It’s a beautiful means of expression showing true talent through craftsmanship

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Yes. Explore more Artistic Crafts and keep adding to your Collection. Stay blessed.

@conradsuperb i am a lover of art and seeing that wooden sculpture makes me happy,and what even makes me happier is the fact that you are promoting locally made products and that is really commendable...nice one from you..