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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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B100 - "SEAL OF TARIBA TESHUB KING OF KARKEMISH, SON OF INI-TESHUB - 2008 / Painting Acrylic / 125 x 190 cm - 49,2 x 74,8 inches / 15.330 USD

Description: The B99 and B100 make a diptych 125 x 360 or 49,2 x 149,6 inches. BABYLONIAN / Cylinder-seal recovered in Israel (ref. S.333, Keel & Uehlinger 1995), also from the hegemonic period neo-Assyrian, 1100-612 B.C. The hunting god Nin Ur = Ninurta in the sumerian and akkadian mythology, is chasing after the bird's monster Imdugud = Anzu, that he'll killed at the end. Because he stole the tablets of destiny to Nin Ur's father Enlil. Top: from the left to the right: a seal, the sun's god and a flying bird. Middle: two undefined symbols. Bottom: a dog, the rhomb is perhaps an eye and an unidentified symbol topped by the monogram of Philhelm. The colours of the background symbolized the superposed vault of heaven. The cuneiform's text is coming from the original cylinder seal sent to the king of Ugarit. The original cut of the signs has been modified and the literal translation is: "Seal of Talmi-Teshub, king of Karkemish, son of Ini-Teshub." Ninurta: Nin Ur, in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology was the lord of land and the God of Hunting. His name is related to Saturn's planet. Anzu: or Imdugud, an evil bird but which could also represent holiness is at the origin of the symbol of Ninurta. Years passed and the Mesopotamian mythology removed the more favourable facet of the bird and described it as a mischievous monster. A poem has been released after a fight with his ex master: it enables us to remember the myth of Anzu: how a holy hero such as Ninurta was forced to kill the beast in order to recover the shelves of destiny which were stolen from his father. Therefore, the harmony on earth has been restored. Did something happen in the mean time to break this harmony again? Ugarit: or Ougarit was an old city of the Levant, actual Ras Shamra near Lattaquié on the Syrian coast. It's one of the most ancient sites of the Near-antique East, occupied by the Neolithic, 6500 BC. Talmi-Teshub: one of the many Karkemish kings, mostly famous thanks to his magnificent royal seal, recovered on the east bank of the Euphrates. He has been replaced by his own son Kuzi-Teshub. Karkemish: at the present time located on the Turkish territory near the Syrian border, the city, quoted in the bible, was the theatre of an important battle between Babylonians and Egyptians who had enslaved this land.



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PHILHELM Philhelm

Biography
In actual fact, I want to tell you without misrepresentation, the whole story of Philhelm, which begins in Alsace (It was still a Germanic country and will become French only in 1678!) in the castle of Lichtenberg, on April 23rd 1616, when the seven-year-old Balthasar Helmlinger, loses the Monogram of his eponymy descendant. This ordinary but nevertheless very serious incident in the distant past will set in motion the artistic calling of one of his descendants, ten generations later! This contemporary painter, born in Strasbourg in 1943, has only exhibited his work twice in his life (1999 and 2001) and only at the "International Biennial Event of Contemporary Art of Florence" which awarded him in 1999 the Prize of the City of Florence. So that the ordinary people be completely disorientated, so that it will let the story of the past enter him torpidly, by going back the furthermost possible or else it will never pierce the heart of his paintings, to seek there the secret causes of things.
 
Statement
Philhelm declines the colors in a correspondence with the images and original writings to a small history of the past, in wich his monogram was always present as an archetype. This revival for a few years, he has tried to reveal it because the Gods came one day to its meeting ! They deigned to present him their messengers like a hero accompanied with their sphinges : Let them forgive him, if he dares to quote them in the enjoyement of his heart, even if he put no bad shame to ask them for grace. If he tries to make reappear by its legends, some bits of a lost knowledge, and really immortal and sacred, he owes it only with work of fort many archaeologists and historians. He makes no vanity of his work. If he had his whole life, believe not produce anything good and beautiful, he feels no less real joy and deep taste that he recognizes and admires beautiful and great at others, had they been Etruscan, Cretan, Assyrian or Sumerian ?
 
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