Relieve del Sarcofago Alejandro Magno

When visiting the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul I was fascinated by the so-called Alexander the Great Sarcophagus.

This piece by anonymous author, which was found in a necropolis near to Sidon (Lebanon) in 1887, represents to Alexander the Great in the Issus battle against the Persians.

This is a large piece, carved in marble and it symbolizes scenes of battles and hunting. I bought a book related to this sarcophagus and I watched and watched his pictures until I decided to reproduce some of them.

From the beginning the most attractive for me was the one representing the battle, with Alexander the Great on his horse, Bucéfalo, with his lion head helmet and in warrior attitude.

I prepared the wooden and the sketches in order to start to carve. I was not very sure about how to deal with it because it was a challenge for me to transfer these pictures into a volume of 4cm (much bigger at the original).

This is one of the art works I could not undertake followed, it was so complex that I needed to stop and return again when I was ready again. I added some details which are no longer in the original, hands, foot and some arms built in metal. The original sarcophagus was polychrome, but it hardly has rests of the used colours.

I have highlighted the shields and helmets of the Greeks..
M21-Marco-Piramide-estrelladaThe picture showed at this frame has been taken at Lingshed, in Ladakh (India).

At home, with floor in land, they use carpets to isolate from cold ground.

The hands of Tashi and Tsering are playing over the carpet and I would represent into the frame these carpets, full of geometric drawings, which with living colours warm the austere stays where Ladakhi people usually live.
M20-Marco-Piramide-DoradaIt frames a Buddhist prayer flag.

This kind of flags are always located at mountain passes and at the highest part of Ladakhi houses, over the terraces covered by dried plants which isolate.

The flags are written in Sanskrit and their meaning is related to the prayers that the wind carries to the Gods.

The pyramids that are carved into the frame and the gold leaf covering them represent the barren mountains of Ladakh, and the houses disseminated among the villages.
el-guardian-del-bosqueI always liked dried roots I saw walking in the Pyrenees, white and twisted,… and at some time I started to pick up them.

Going down through the Sierco canyon I found a root, in pine wooden I think, which I liked a lot and stored without knowing what to do with it.

During some years I always saw the root at my study and I could imagine it as a long hair on the wind.

I had to prepare a head where placing this hair and as his habitat was a forest, I looked for a character that would fit with my root, and appeared an elf,… the guardian of all the trees, roots, stones and life in forests, with a thoughtful gesture, kind and big ears.

Mariano López Maisanava
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