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Conundrum as plaything

Symbolic Recurrences

My interest is Iconography, Icons of all forms; however, a particular symbol has taken my fancy for the past twenty years. I have deciphered runes from several places in the Middle East, Turkey, Palestine and Iraq, all similar in form. These sites point to the meaning of this odd form. The best translation from the tablets and glyphs is Conundrum. I have come to this conclusion skeptically at first but with repeated similarities, I can only conclude the rightness of my finding.

The meaning of this symbol remains enigmatic but persistent.

Ephima Morphew

From the Ephima Morphew Collectionconundrum plaything
conundrum rocking horse –– plaything of Jane and Jamie

wood, 24"X37" carved by Gerald Stubblefield



Note: I feel it important to state that connections between Ephima's work in Agri Daghi, Turkey and her early work in collecting curiosities have deep and profound ties. These connections have been recorded in obscure illustrations and texts for the past three millennia. The fact that there has been little published research on this subject seems to have its root in the structure of social order and prevalent belief systems for the preservation of that order.

Conundrum as plaything

A childhood toy of:Jane and Jamie (1947-1964)
Siamese twins with complex attachments.
Their father Gerald Stubblefield was a woodworker
and handy man, their mother (Twila) was a domestic.
They lived in Sweethome, Oregon. In 1952, the children,
billed as “Satan's Child,” were given up to the Circus
to help support their father, who was badly injured in
a mill accident, and their tuberculin mother. The children
toured the world and received considerable attention
among connoisseurs of curiosity; astride their toy pony
they inspired a sense of wonder. They were in particular
demand on the Continent. Wunderkind: Jane and Jamie
never married and remained inseparable for the rest
of their lives.
They died on October 12th of 1964 in Vienna, Austria
while attempting to board a street car.

From: the Ephima Morphew Collection
Curated by: M. Lee Randles
SCARI Serene Cultural Alliance Institute

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