Coin "Sand Drawing UNESCO heritage"

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Name Sand Drawing UNESCO heritage
Presented by MDM Muenzhandelsgesellschaft (Germany)
Nominal value 20 vatu (Vanuatu)
Metal Gold 999°
Thickness 0,5
Mintage 5000
Production quality Proof
Description of obverse and reverse Obverse: Coat of Arms of Vanuatu and the year date. Reverse: A turtle drawn with the technique of sand drawing. Sand drawing (or sandroing in Bislama)is a ni-Vanuatu artistic and ritual tradition and practice, recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity and the face value of the coin.
A brief annotation "Sand drawing" is produced in sand, volcanic ash or clay. It consists in "a continuous meandering line on an imagined grid to produce a graceful, often symmetrical, composition of geometric patterns". The artist’s medium is a single finger. UNESCO describes sand drawing as a "rich and dynamic graphic tradition which has developed as a means of communication among the members of some 80 different language groups inhabiting the central and northern islands of Vanuatu. The drawings also function as mnemonic devices to record and transmit rituals, mythological lore and a wealth of oral information about local histories, cosmologies, kinship systems, song cycles, farming techniques, architectural and craft design, and choreographic patterns. Most sand drawings possess several functions and layers of meaning: they can be “read” as artistic works, repositories of information, illustration for stories, signatures, or simply messages and objects of contemplation."
Designer Michael Schulze
Producer B.H. Mayer’s Kunstpraegeanstalt (Germany)

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