Sculpture By Lu Kesi
Here are a few miscellaneous sculptures by Lu Kesi. Most are miniatures, so these images are not to scale.
Seal and Base
I cut and shaped this chicken-blood stone, carved a seal on its face, and made the custom hardwood base from purpleheart. The stone sits down into the base.
Wooden Seal and Base
For a Chinese Christian friend I shaped this hardwood into a cross, cut a seal into the bottom seal face, and created a custom base from seal stone. The dark line at the bottom is felt, which was added to keep the stone from scratching the surface on which it rests.
Ivory Seal Pendant
This relief carving of Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy, was made as a pendant for a friend. It is carved from mammoth ivory and the finding on top is gold. The flattened bottom has been carved into a seal.
Carved from a tagua nut.
Buddha Head Seal
I carved this head of the Buddha out of alabaster. It is the knob for a seal on the bottom face that I created for a friend.
Black Walnut Skull
This oversize skull was carved from a block of black walnut that was given to me. You might be able to make out near the top a dark stripe with a light point at the top which is dark stained wood around an old-fashioned rectangular nail embedded deep in the wood. My carbide carving bit went through the iron as if it were butter. By traditional Chinese standards this morbid subject matter would be considered inauspicious.
Buddha With Custom Base
The Buddha figure is carved from fossil walrus ivory, the pink lotus from alabaster, and the base from hardwood.
Carved from a tagua nut. Another inauspicious sculpture, though common in Japan and an appropriate size for a Japanese netsuke.
Octopus With Pearl
Created on commission as a pendant in gold with a natural pearl.
Miniature Water Buffalo
Carved from Water Buffalo horn.
Carved from tagua nut and painted.
Miniature Hardwood Head
The top is hollowed out to make a sort of vessel.
Created as the top for a walking stick.
Wing Chun Sticking Hands
Carved from white pine on commission from a friend who practiced Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Base for a Miniature Mountain
This miniature mountain range actually comes from a naturally weathered piece of fossil walrus ivory—the pointed tip of a tusk buried underground for a very long time. This is the unused scrap left over from a tusk used by a friend who makes jewelry from walrus ivory. I made a custom hardwood base for it.
Base for a Miniature Mountains
This is another piece of weathered walrus ivory. Apparently native Alaskans dig through their ancestors garbage heaps for old ivory tools and such which they then carve into art objects for sale, or sell the ivory to others. Fossil walrus ivory has unfortunately been caught up in the current trend to make all ivory illegal, no matter what its source.
Botryoidal Nephrite With Base
The top is a piece of natural botryoidal jade for which I carved a custom hardwood base.
Miniature Basswood Dwarf
Carved from basswood and then painted. For a friend who was fond of playing a video game in which a dwarf threw balls of fire at his opponents.