Friday, May 9, 2008


In Africa there are secret portals where objects used for rituals and ceremonies are hidden. Some sacred objects are viewed only by those who have the proper rank and knowledge to do so. I carved these doors with secret portals in mind..... pondering about treasures that are kept hidden behind closed doors.

Ancient scrolls are hidden in small Axumite chapels nestled in caves high above the earth. The Tabot (representation of the Ark of the Covenent) is said to be hidden in an Ethiopian monastery and guarded around the clock.

For centuries ancient manuscripts have been kept secret in Timbuktu. Recently archaeologists, archivists and treasure hunters have been pouring into Mali hoping to excavate volumes buried in desert caves and underground chambers. There have been amazing discoveries. Suddenly the world is taking interest and are wanting to help save the manuscripts before it is too late.

"Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.


  1. Neat. What an exciting concept!

  2. Woooow, Robyn, stunning, what a masterpiece the door on the right turned out!! I'm speechless and it gives me goosebumps. Magnificent, what a masterpiece!
    So wonderful to see it with the other panel together!

  3. Hello, Robyn!
    Excellent post.
    I loved this post and this blog.
    Have a nice weekend.

  4. I am just awestruck. Speechless.
    What can I say, but...
    Thank You. Namaste.

  5. Both the doors leave me with the feeling that just by looking at them I can discover mystical secrets! No need to open them and go behind...

    I am in awe of the speed with which you create these precious pieces, Robyn. I'm saving the image to my desktop so I can contemplate the mysteries of them every day for a while:-)

  6. Thank you Shayla, Tine,David,Moonlightress and Wildcherry. I appreciate your great comments.

  7. The idea of a secret portal is intriguing, isn't it?

    I love the preservation of history in any culture.

    Love the Emerson quote and also your wonderful art.

  8. I enlarged the image so I could look at the details. Beautiful work R. How long does it take you to complete a piece like this?

  9. portals are often a place between two things, like where the land meets the ocean, or inside that wonderful tree you were in, a place that is neither here nor there...that is a portal.... loe the concept and you have inspired me to look further..