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STONE CROSS OF HOPES

1 STONE CROSS OF HOPES

(25,5 cm x 19 cm x 3 cm, various types of stone)


“ The Karst rock, which had been soaked in earth oil deep underground for thousands of years and turned shiny black, was used by the artist Oskar Kogoj to carve this cross, which was presented to Pope John Paul II as a sign of respect.
The artist's hand has somehow transformed the natural roughness of the stone into an organic softness so as to present an instrument of torture as gracefully tamed matter, almost stretched into a four-handed embrace.” (Alojz Rebula, May 1987)


2 COLLECTION OF DISHES AND MORTARS FROM STONE

(dish – large – h = 19 cm, dish – small – h = 13 cm, karstic stone – repen)

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149 COLLECTION OF DISHES AND MORTARS FROM STONE


Represent a worldwide cultural heritage, the most primitive device for grinding wheat and other edible seeds. To create a similar device, the primitive man must have been quite capable 45,000 years ago. The piece that is designed to grind the mortar’s contents reminds us of Omphalos – the invigorating source of energy that the ancient Greeks proclaimed to be the centre of the Earth. The described object should be used nowadays in every household, so that mankind would return once more to vegetarian food.


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148 55 MILLION YEARS MORTAR AND PESTLE - “HYPERBOREA”

3 55 MILLION YEARS MORTAR AND PESTLE - “HYPERBOREA”

(large – h = 14 cm, small – h = 12 cm, karstic stone – repen)


Hyperboreans, the ancient civilisation that considered our planet to be a “divine creation” and stone to be an “energy generating motor,” were first mentioned in Plato’s writings. The Hyperborea mortar was first used by this northern civilisation, which vanished due to changes on the earth, but their knowledge was nevertheless spread over the entire planet.
The mortar is the oldest “mill of the world,” for it was discovered in Tertiary sediments, which are 55 million years old. It was excavated by J. H. Neale under the Table Mountain in Tuolumne County, California.


4 MORTAR FROM STONE

(ø = 14 cm, h = 7 cm, karstic stone – repen)

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150 SLOVENSKI TERILNIK IZ KAMNA

5 NUTCRACKER SET

(h = 5 cm, karstic stone – repen)

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151 NUTCRACKER SET

A stone plinth made from the karstic Repen stone. NUT and EGG or BALL – ritual sculpture. THE KROTOVNIK NUT TREE, EGG – LINGAM, BALL – ZI.
The KROTOVNIK, THE GIANT NUT TREE, was named after a frog called KROTA (toad), because it is large and wrinkly like a toad. The krotovnik nut is in the process of extinction. That is why I planted around 600 nut trees in Orehovlje at Miren with my friends and then gave the saplings as a present to distinguished personalities and lovers of the nut tree culture. The development of the krotovnik came into being through natural selection throughout the millennia: “Man and bird – jackdaw, jay.”
The nut tree is very important for Slovenians, as it has always been very valued and especially useful as wood. The nut is known as part of the famous Slovenian potica cake ...
In the time of PRALAYA, when the Earth was forming, the first forms of energies or the circular, natural graffiti in the shape of a ball and a dot, called ZI, were created. The stone ball also signifies God. This is the first circular form, from which LINGAM or egg is created – the most perfect shape on earth.


6 THE SILVER KNIGHT OF THE SLOVENIAN “DVANAJSTIJA”

(h = 22 cm, silver, gilt)

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THE SILVER KNIGHT OF THE SLOVENIAN DVANAJSTIJA


The Nature Design exhibition took place in 1990 at the invitation of Teddy Kollek, Izzika Gaon and Pesach Ostashinski, the founders of one of the world's most famous museums The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. On this occasion, Kogoj designed the collection of chalices – silver knights, which were created at the famous Brandimarte silver factory in Florence.
This exclusive collection is designed to meet the needs of high protocol events and gift-giving ceremonies. The Slovenian “Dvanajstija” (12-member board) represents the Ancient Slovenian statehood social organisation, which has existed since the very beginning of the Slovenian history. The members of the organisation were twelve wise men elected by the people. Each chalice represents one of the twelve wise men called “the knights of the Slovenian Dvanajstija”. At the same time, the chalices are reminiscent of the 12 apostles.


7 AURORA – POTTING TOOL SET

(l = 26 cm, stainless steel)

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156 AURORA – POTTING TOOL SET

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TRIGLAV KNIFE

8 TRIGLAV KNIFE

(l = 24 cm, stainless steel, walnut wood, leather sheath)


The Triglav hunting knife was created in the belief that advanced technology and avant-garde design should not ignore the great lessons from the past, cultural traditions and the “Nature design”.
The process of designing the Triglav knife was a study of contemporary design inspired by the Paleoveneti culture and the most important archaeological sites: Sveta Lucija – Most na Soči, Este, Padua, Kuffarn, Bologna, Hallstatt, Novo Mesto, Vače, and other sites, as well as the folk heritage of Slovenia, Friuli and Central Europe with rich hunting traditions, which gave rise to the beautiful tale of the Goldhorn, set on the slopes of Triglav – Trirog – Trimužjat.
The creation of the Triglav knife included combining avant-garde with tradition, and the use of advanced technologies and craftwork experience.
The blade is made of stainless steel with a high carbon content, therefore it stays sharp longer. It is formed using a hot forging process similar to the process used to manufacture turbine blades, which brings out the blade’s excellent mechanical properties.
This heat-treatment process represents the rediscovered tradition of Friuli craftsmen – blacksmiths from Maniago (Italy) – even though they now use the most sophisticated modern devices, such as controlled atmosphere furnaces and rapid cooling at minus 70 °C.
The knives are numbered, and the handles are hand-carved from precious walnut wood or ebony by true craft masters. The TRIGLAV knife is a part of some permanent collections of Kogoj's art, including the permanent collection in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.


9 SWORD

(l = 89 cm, stainless steel)

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161 SWORD

The secret of the Shaolin priests from ancient China was in the virtuosic use of the culture of the sword for the balancing of the human spirit and body, in a strict discipline without the shedding of blood.
The modern design of this sword reminds us of the great cultural heritage of the Far East. Today’s sword symbolises peace just as it once did long ago! Today, due to its symbolic content, the sword was also received by some of the world’s presidents, namely G. Bush, V. Putin, S. Husein, M. Kučan and many others.
The item was developed in co-operation with Robert Roda and the Ferrara Ethnographic Centre. It was exhibited at various cultural centres, particularly in Italy and also other parts of Europe. The product is forged from stainless steel.


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