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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:24 am    Post subject: Another Buddha head thread (paint guide page 4) Reply with quote

As you guys probably already know, I've been looking for a couple of Buddha heads for the collection without much luck for pretty long...



I even started making my own...



But then I suddenly found these on eBay...



They're going to require some work.. But they're pretty spot on! And with a combined price of $360 I'm pretty happy Very Happy

I've been researching these heads, and contacted different experts in asian art showing them screen shots... These are some of the responses I've got from around the world:

"Modern works of no distinct style - a mix of this and that"

"Are you sure that they are antique?? Because they look not so old to me…"

"These are Chinese heads and almost certainly modern copies."

"In my opinion these two heads are, as already told to you, recent made and images of buddhist deities, following the fantasy of its creator.
These are not antique and therefore don’t have any historical value.”

The rounded head was sold as a Guanyin / Kwan-yin goddess of mercy... Researching this name turned up some interesting results:



The iconic hair bun is a specific trait of this goddess. So perhaps this is in fact not a Buddha head...????

The other head with the pointed hat could have borrowed traits from the Thai guardian angel called a Kinnaree.... But the pointed hat is also seen on Buddhas.

My conclusion so far is.... that I don't feel sure that these heads are antiques.... I don't feel sure that they represent certain periods or locations... and I'm not sure that they are even Buddhas...

Anybody else researched these heads? I'm really interested to hear other's experiences?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding research. Well done.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting for sure. TFS Anders Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This little lady cleared customs today... She will need some touching up, but is in great shape all together... Mr/Mrs Pointy Hat is still in customs...





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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good Buch, she'll look sweet when she's touched up
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been thinking of applying some leaf gold... Think it will look good...

I'm also thinking of doing replicas...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Replicas? Sweet!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, when I get the other head home and get a stand made for it, I was thinking of doing some test casts.... If they're succesful I will make an interest thread. It will probably be a "limited edition" Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most interesting those heads Eager to see the restoration work.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're just perfect together


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now both on stands...

Trying to decide if I really want to fix the finish???

Actually I like that they're weathered...

Ideas??



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look fine just as is Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The finish is one of the things makes them great. I am sure the ones in the film also had an "antique finish" on them as well. I really love these. I still want to make new bases for my less accurate ones, but may try harder to find more authentic ones like the ones you have here instead. If they are also truly antique at all, it would be a sin to refinish them.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are right, I'm keeping them as they are!

Next I will try to make a set of replicas Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got the new silicone today, hopefully I'll soon get the time to make some two part molds of the heads. Stay tuned Very Happy Very Happy



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First cast of the hair bun head done... Used bronze as a primer, now the heavy weathering begins. Should be fun



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a first pull it look brilliant can wait to see it after the weathering
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'm really exited about this project...

It will never be a clean and smooth cast, because the original has a ruff, uneven, verdigrised and rusty surface Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd consider that a good thing if it were me all those rough bits would just pick up pains better when dry brushing /weathering
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beardybloke wrote:
I'd consider that a good thing if it were me all those rough bits would just pick up pains better when dry brushing /weathering


That's what I'm hoping for Very Happy Very Happy I love making things look old!
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