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Seppuku by Potsy89 Seppuku by Potsy89
Stencil con installazione creato da Animus.
Il lavoro completo sarà visibile appena potrò installare dei fiori di ciliegio (maggio).
11 layers
13 colori:
•CLASH: Nero, Grigio Alcatraz, Grigio Milano, Grigio Cenere, Grigio Beretta, Bianco
•MTN94: Rojo Burdeos, Rojo Clandestino, Rojo Vivo, Rojo Sangre, Rojo Claro, Rojo fiebre, Verde Era.
146cm x 54cm x 40cm(katana) su legno mdf
Ringraziamento speciale a Vectta per la sua disponibilità.

Il Seppuku è un antichissimo rituale suicida appartenente alla cultura del Sollevante.
La traduzione letterale del termine Seppuku è "taglio dello stomaco": veniva eseguito, secondo una prassi rigidamente codificata, come espiazione di una colpa commessa o come mezzo per sfuggire ad una morte disonorevole per mano dei nemici.
Un elemento fondamentale per la comprensione di questo rituale è il seguente: si riteneva che lo stomaco fosse la sede dell'anima, e pertanto il significato simbolico era quello di mostrare agli astanti la propria anima priva di colpe, in tutta la sua purezza.
L'arma usata per questa pratica poteva essere il tantō (coltello), anche se più spesso, soprattutto sul campo di battaglia, la scelta ricadeva sul wakizashi, detto anche guardiano dell'onore, la seconda lama (più corta della katana) che era portata di diritto dai soli samurai.
Il suicida assumeva la classica posizione giapponese detta seiza, cioè in ginocchio con le punte dei piedi a far presa sul terreno; ciò aveva la funzione di evitare che, conclusosi il rituale, il corpo cadesse all’indietro: un’eventualità paragonabile ad una morte disonorevole.
Al momento fatidico il soggetto fendeva il proprio ventre con un taglio da sinistra verso destra e poi verso l'alto.
Sebbene il gesto del seppuku fosse un atto volontario e compiuto dal suicida, una figura fondamentale era quella del kaishakunin, il "decapitatore". Una volta eseguita l'incisione nell'addome, il kaishakunin decapitava il suicida con un colpo netto, per fare in modo che il dolore non sfigurasse il volto dell’amico. La decapitazione (kaishaku) richiedeva eccezionale abilità e infatti il kaishakunin era l'amico più abile nell’utilizzo della spada.
Proprio l'intervento del kaishakunin e la conseguente decapitazione costituiscono la differenza essenziale tra il Seppuku e il ben più noto Harakiri (rituale privo di questi elementi): differenza formale, ma non ignorabile, dal momento che in Giappone la forma è considerata tanto importante quanto la sostanza.
Questa pratica secolare fu celebrata, fra gli altri, dallo scrittore giapponese di fama internazionale Yukio Mishima nel non lontano 1970.
Con il nome di Jigai, il Seppuku era previsto, nella tradizione della casta dei samurai, anche per le donne; in questo caso, tuttavia, il taglio non avveniva al ventre bensì alla gola attraverso la recisione dell’arteria carotidea.

Il rito sacro del Seppuku è apparentemente considerabile un gesto colmo di follia o insensatezza. Per noi occidentali, in effetti, entrare nella forma mentis di un giapponese è un’operazione alquanto complessa, ancora più se l’argomento in questione è l’onore, di cui abbiamo una concezione totalmente differente. Ho volutamente realizzato il mio lavoro in modo tale da renderlo somigliante ad un rito Seppuku, sebbene fossi consapevole della contraddizione di fondo nel farlo praticare ad una donna (poiché come scritto sopra, una donna può solo compiere Jigai). Ciò per un semplice distacco dal paradigma sessista su cui, a mio personale avviso, si fonda la cultura giapponese.

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Stencil with installation made by Animus.
The finished work will be only visible in May when I can install some cherry blossom.
11 layers
13 colors:
• CLASH: Nero, Grigio Alcatraz, Grigio Milano, Grigio Cenere, Grigio Beretta, Bianco
• MTN94: Rojo Burdeos, Rojo Clandestino, Rojo Vivo, Rojo Sangre, Rojo Claro, Rojo fiebre, Verde Era.
146cm x 54cm x 40cm(katana) on mdf
Special thanks to Vectta for his disponibility.

Seppuku is an ancient suicide ritual belonging to the Japanese culture.
The translation of the term Seppuku is “cutting of the stomach” and this ritual was used in the past to expiate a fault or as a way to escape from a dishonourable death by the hand of enemies.
To proper understand this ritual you have to keep in mind that Japaneses used to believe the stomach was the seat of the soul, so the symbolic meaning of this act was giving a proof of the purity of the soul by literally showing it to the bystanders.
The object used for the ritual could be the “tantō” (knife), but usually the choice used to fall on the “wakizashi”, also known as the guardian of the honour, that was the second blade (shorter than the katana) that only samurais could detain.
The suicide was assuming the classic Japanese position called seiza: he had to be on his knees with the toes to take hold on the ground to avoid -when the ritual was ended- that the body could fall backwards: a contingency comparable to a dishonourable death.
At the fateful moment, the suicide split through his stomach with a cutting from left to right and then upwards.
Although the seppuku was a voluntary act made by the suicide, an important figure was the “kaishakunin”, the "beheading”. After the incision on the abdomen was done, the kaishakunin beheaded the suicide with a shot to don’t allow the pain to disfigure the face of his friend.
The beheading (kaishaku) was requiring exceptional skill and in fact the kaishakunin was the friend with more skills with the sword.
The presence of a kaishakunin represents the essential difference between the more well known Harakiri (ritual devoid of these elements) and Seppuku: a formal difference, but not ignorable, because in Japan the form is considered as important as the substance.
This age-old practice was celebrated, among others, by the internationally renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima in 1970.
By the name of “Jigai” we mean a version of the Seppuku for women samurai; however women didn’t use to cut the stomach but their throat.

The sacred ritual of Seppuku is apparently considerable a mad or insane gesture: for us Westerners, in fact, going thorough the mindset of a Japanese is extremely complex, even more if the topic in question is the honour.
I did my work with the meaning of making it look like the rite of Seppuku, although I was aware of the basic contradiction of let it made by a woman (because, as noted above, a woman can only make Jigai). I did this because I refuse the sexist paradigm on which, in my personal opinion, is based in Japanese culture.

Thanks Mark for the corrections!

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Seppuku by ~Potsy89 Such a fantastic work! Very interesting, powerful concept and beautifully executed! ( Suggested by Mishelangello and Featured by takethef )
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PenciltipWorkshop Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative. Reminds me of the film "Hausu" and this claymation music video. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ_Yo0…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=71xpQU…
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aretekhaos Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
perfect! 
so pure...
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KainTheSupreme Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Bellissimo complimenti!!
Beautifull!
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CODFANZ Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015   General Artist
Religious persecution against Christians is a dishonor, I must commit seppuku!!! *Stabs with tanto*
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
I can't see the link between these two things...
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CODFANZ Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015   General Artist
Lol
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keicCode Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Υπέροχο !
Μπορώ να το κάνω τατουάζ ?
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
yeah, sure you can. Send me a picture if you do it!!
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keicCode3 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
I dont know how to send you the photo!
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DOK-FITZ Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Realizzazione semplicemente STUPENDA!
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Grazie :)
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koljanoff Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Wow!
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cathy303 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Love it! Anyway I can purchase this?
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thanks. Actually I've got a lot of works to do... If you are really interested in it let me know in a couple of months.
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cathy303 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Alright I sure will!
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COxymore Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great job !
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TheStreetCanvas Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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wordeea Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
thank you for all the information. i love your concept. this is really great
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Thanks for your words. :)
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wordeea Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
most welcome
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mistertrece Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
GODDDDAMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!! GENIUS TALENT!!!!!! and great idea!!!!! cheers bro!
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who-kers Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Love the idea/concept! :crazy:
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morguean Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow !!!
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gh0std0g08 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
wow tottally love it. way original. and just bad ass looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thanks a lot man! :-)
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AstroSurfPR Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So Awesome!
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mal0ner Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
so sick i love it
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Cheers!
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Adamsart515 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
wow now thats impressive!
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Thanks!
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xxxstellzxxx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student General Artist
beautifully done =)
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Thank you! :-)
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xxxstellzxxx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome =)
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DorianGry Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
:-)
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ozone-777 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Simply Outstanding
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Thanks!! :-)
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ozone-777 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
np =)
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Sandele22 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome idea! reminds me of Oren-Ishii from Kill Bill <3
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Thanks a lot! You are the third who notice this similitude to Kill Bill! :-)
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cozze22 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Waaauw this is such a cool piece of art. Congratulations ... really. You're top.

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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Thanks a lot!
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KEKSE0719 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice work!!
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Thank you!
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Nanethiel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
amazing O.o
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Thanks! :-)
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TimmehMonster Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Love the picture! :)
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Potsy89 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Thanks! :-)
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S1lverf1sh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd be interested in buying a large print of this...
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