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..
Mariano López Maisanava
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