a) Discovering Nommo imagery
26th of January 2016: I had been looking for something further in the painting, a sort of crux of the whole painting. I wondered if this was a piece of furniture somewhere in there or was it an oveal dressing table mirror with a frame, I noticed a limb towards the right centre that reminded me of a flipper. I wondered if this was supposed to be a turtle in there or a penguin and I really couldn't see anything but then I had another thought, depictions of the Nommo from Sirius who supposedly visited the Dogon of Mali and were supposedly a race of amphibious extra-terrestrials resembling perhaps fish. Giger's painting was completed in 1975. Robert Temple released his book The Sirius Mystery in 1976, and an essay Essai sur la cosmogonie des Dogon : l'arche du Nommo by R. Laffont, came out in 1975
|detail from Dogon drawing and detail from Giger's painting|
|creature's whiskers in Dogon drawing and pattern in frill|
|African Catfish illustration (Source: http://news.aquariuminfo.nl)|
|African catfish (http://bavasomr.blogspot.co.uk/)|
c) Meanwhile the image of floating horned puffed face creature displayed disturbing similarities to the more well know so-called Nommo archetype image. The ovals in the Dogon drawings have become the pustule like eyes in Giger's image. The rounded W shaped line beneath the ovals can be found as lines around Giger's features eyes, and also presented again as the buttocks shape of the face, and the a hole along the spine beneath the W becomes the anal mouth, perhaps as if it's a blowhole as found in a whale. The whiskers at the top have been allowed to turn into horns on Giger's creature.
|strange head from Mordor V|