Plastic Goddesses update

Hands in 4th c bce Lycian stone sarcophagus in Simena

Feeling that the usefulness of my over-life-size female mannequin had more or less been exhausted, I decided to remove her hands, which are actually quite beautifully crafted, and place them in various locations, holding blue, purple and yellow crepe paper ribbons. First, I placed them inside the house monument tomb with what remained of the two painted mannequins (one torso had been removed and dumped in the Lycian rock tomb lower down the hill), then I moved them to the Kas amphitheatre, the hill above the theatre, and then to the large, canoe-like tomb on the hill close to my apartment.

Hands in 4th c bce Lycain stone sarcophagus in Simena, detail

Yesterday, on a boat trip to Kekova and Simena, I took the pair of hands with me, just in case I felt like photographing them there. Simena, called by the Turks Kalekoy (Castle village), is the site of a 15th century castle built by Sultan Mehmet I, and a Lycian necropolis. The castle is accessed by a set of steep stone steps through the village and up the hill. There’s not a lot of it left except a small – very small – stone theatre hewn from solid rock facing the sea (it held 80 people), and battlements. The necropolis lies outside the castle walls and holds about 30 stone sarcophagi, some of which are in very good shape, and has a beautiful view out over the islands and ocean. All the Lycian sarcophagi have long since been looted – Lycians, like Egyptians, interred people with their “stuff” so that they would have it available in the next life.

I enjoyed placing the hands on the castle battlements, watching the ribbons dance in the brisk wind, and in two of the Lycian sarcophagi.

See pictures of the entire mannequin project here and more pictures of the hands around Kas here.