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January 7, 2007

What does a storyteller look like?

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QUESTION:

I am trying to locate images of the storyteller. I remember seeing a figure with children around it. Is that what they look like? Can you help me?

ANSWER:

Yes, a storyteller figure is usually represented by one large figure surrounded by several smaller figures, representing the storyteller and the children listening to the stories. As art forms, they are most often found as dolls or ceramic or clay pottery depicting humans, but are also used in jewelry items, and sometimes are depicted as animals.

Related Link: Penfield Gallery of Indian Arts. This art gallery specializes in storytellers and masks. It has several examples of modern art depicting storytellers. The figure at the top of the page is typical of the form, and if you scroll down the page there are a bunch of links to other interpretations by well known, respected, contemporary artists.

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