This is a digital model of the kavad that I built in SketchUp before I built it in foam-board. Via Flickr:
Another view of the backside of the kavad’s internal doors. Here you can also see that the lid of the upper chamber is open, and that the internal drawer on the back side has been pulled out.
The 16 signs of Geomancy are a largely forgotten oracular or divinatory system that possibly hails originally from West Africa. Adapted and absorbed into western magic, it’s always had a visual component, as the 4-bit binary figures or signs became translated into pictures that could tell a story. A whole lot of side information should included in these symbols, though - parts of body, stability or mobility of the figure, relationships to astrology, and more. Bears thinking on.
I’m working on a Kavad, which is a storyteller’s box that gradually (as it’s opened more and more) becomes a shrine to the beings - often divinities, in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan where it comes from — about whom the story is told. Watch for a sense of what this box will look like when complete.