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Haniwa in The Woods

Haniwa are terracotta funerary objects, buried with the dead, their name meaning ‘circle of clay.’

Back in May, the day after Dad’s funeral, the family went up to the Outwoods. To walk around the old haunts and pathways, that Dad had led us up so many times as children. Dad once claimed to have seen the Green Man up there… although he would later deny this, putting it down to my sisters fertile imagination.

I made these figures from clay, which we sat in hollows and branches, small custodians to watch over the family as we walked.

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