Dutch dolmen: D54 Havelte-O, The Shaman


“D54 Havelte-O, The Shaman” gives a look at one of the Dutch dolmens and at one of its builders. 20,3 x 12,7 cm, Water color and fineliner pens on paper.

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Dutch Dolmen: D54 Havelte-O, The Shaman

“D54 Havelte-O, The Shaman” gives a look at one of the Dutch dolmens. In addition, we see a schematic representation of what may have been a contemporary of the builders. Like a transparent ghost, this shaman stands in front of the remains of the burial mound where he performed rites five thousand years ago. The shadows of the dolmen seem to flow through him.

D54 Havelte-O

The Netherlands have just over fifty dolmens. They are all – except one – in the province of Drenthe. D54 Havelte-O is the highest in numbering. It lies close to D53 Havelte-W in a hilly landscape that took its shape in the ice age. The two prehistoric buildings are a bit out of direction compared to other dolmens. The ride to it is nevertheless very worthwhile. The nature around the Havelterberg is beautiful, as are the burial mounds that you can find there.


For this series I first drew the dolmens with watercolor pencils. Then I added the schematic figures and the contours with fine liner. The choice of the figures was a purely intuitive process. Water color and fineliner pens on paper, 20,3 x 12,7 centimeters.


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Dimensions20.3 × 12.7 × 1 cm


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