Exhibit Of The Month 15

Enkidu & Gilgamesh


Urshanabi lowering Gilgamesh The Gilgamesh tablets made by Neil Dalrymple were the result of a Mythstories commission with funding from NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts).

A group of secondary school pupils with special literacy needs were told the story of Gilgamesh in episodes and were asked to respond after each episode drawing the picture that the story had created in their heads. Neil took these sketches to his studio and used them as the starting point for the eight vitrified clay tablets that make up the story series.

The commission was drawn up in response to a visit to the museum by a deaf, dumb, blind child. Surely there was a way to tell a story by touch and feel?

Neil's tablets call out to be touched and add an extra sensory dimension to the Mythstories museum experience.

Pictured above are Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu wrestling. And on the right you can see Gilgamesh being lowered into the sea by Urshanabi the boatman to pick the magical plant, "the old man becomes young".

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