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January 15, 2005

Artifacts and icons, No. 1


The first in a series on the archaeology of pop culture, this artifact may be imediately familiar to some Flea-readers. What is it and what is it worth?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 15, 2005 09:57 AM

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What the heck is that? Without any context, I'd go with it being some kind of Sci-Fi Buddhist prayer card.

Posted by: urthshu [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2005 12:51 PM

Ack... must do some tinkering to get my individual entry stylesheet thingee...

Not a bad guess! Think about this in terms of investigating any artifact. What internal clues do we have to go on?

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2005 02:11 PM

Hum. Internal clues?
The only thing that hits me is the characters in the upper left corner. They're repeated, especially the first one.
That's either its name or its title, is my guess.

Since its a sci-fi item, if it were *real* rather than a simple card, its possible it would have some sort of function, such as direct communications with the entity pictured. Thus it could be a living being....I'm just trying to guess what its supposed to represent, here.

Again, *if* real and having that sort of function it would be priceless to us.

But since its a collectors' card [I think. Maybe a CD case or a coaster? Something from a cereal box?] its probably for a TV show of some sort. Looking at it, I'd say Babylon 5. But I never really watched that show...

...worth? Got me.

Posted by: urthshu [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2005 11:06 PM

We are on to something with Babylon 5... I am surprised this one is proving to be more obscure than I thought!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2005 09:18 AM

Well, after perusing some sci-fi font sites, I've come to the conclusion that the writing on the sides of the card is definitely in Drazi, a Babylon 5 alien race.

Googling "Drazi statue" pulls up a synopsis of an episode entitled "The Illusion of Truth" (Season 4, Episode 8), in which a character runs across a photo of a stolen Drazi religious statue.

Could this be the statue depicted in the card?

Posted by: redgranger [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2005 06:11 PM

And that gets full marks! This is an image of Shokola, a minor Drazi deity. These statues are almost valueless in the B5 future except, that is, to Drazi pilots of whom Shokola is the patron saint.

Now all I need is to figure out the proper spelling of Shokola...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2005 06:26 PM

How about Count Chocula for the spelling? Well maybe not. But it does turn milk brown..that's sort of godlike.

Posted by: Dr_Funk [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 17, 2005 10:31 PM