Lament | 2014 | Electro-etching and verdigris on copper and brass

The text etched into this helmet is an amalgamation of several translations of the Lament for Ur, a Sumerian lament originally incised into various tablets from around 2000 BCE. It reads:

For the gods have abandoned us, like migrating birds they have gone. Dead men, not potsherds, covered the approaches. The walls were gaping, the roads and gates were piled with dead. Smoke lies on our city like a shroud. Blood flows as the river does. In the side streets, where feasting crows gather, scattered they lay. Bodies dissolved like fat in the sun.

The base of this helmet was made for me by the talented York at VRVO Adornments

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