|I believe that
Tiswas is a name for the equivalent of a medieval tank
trap. They consisted of 4 spikes arranged so that
which ever way you threw it on the ground, 3 spikes sat on the ground
and one stood upright. Thrown in front of
cavalry they would be almost invisible to the rider but have
devastating effects on the horses hooves.
They were a simple device that could be made by any local blacksmith.
I preface the above with 'I believe' as I cannot confirm
it in any dictionary I possess or can find on
line. It is, however known as a Caltrop
and that is in my dictionary.
However, I still prefer Tiswas as a contraction of 'It is as it was'.
All the above has some relevance to the carving as it
does not have any designated base and can be placed on any of it's 4
sides. It also does not have a
front or back. I have had a prototype of
this that has been sitting on the mantle shelf for 30
years. I look at it every day and still have not
got tired of it. The
outside shape is deliberately simple and exactly the same from all 6
sides. The inside shape is similarly
standardised, BUT move the sculpture round by as little as one degree
and the view through the work to the inside changes
massively. That I have not taken the
idea further in all that time says something about my thought processes
but I don't know what.
Tiswas also has 1000s of different