ENKI

THE KEEPER OF

DIVINE POWERS

In Sumerian mythology, Enki was the keeper of the divine powers called Me- the gifts of civilisation. He wears the horned crown of divinity and is shown wearing a flounced skirt. This portrayal reflects Enki’s role as the god of water, life and replenishment.

 

Whilst appreciating ancient ceramics in The British Museum

I found the remnants of a water jar with mischievous faces peering out.

 

They captured my imagination and so began my interest in the origin of this mysterious object.

 

The sleeping repose of these cheeky figures with their elaborate crowns and richly detailed thrones suggested a dreamlike world that I could slip into. Away from my

troubled mind and the head-on collision that I survived, painting in my studio was the respite from a dangerous

world that these ancient dreamlike figures could transport

me faraway in time.

 

The forms that I create to tell the story of Enki are hand built, thrown and press moulded. The taller vessels are thrown and coiled. My journey into ceramics started with looking at tableware design and often the forms I choose are plates that commemorate this impish God of creativity.

© ​LISA SLINN / AUTHENTIC BRITISH ART

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