Sculpture By Lu Kesi

Here are a few miscellaneous sculptures by Lu Kesi. Most are miniatures, so these images are not to scale.

Seal 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.

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Wooden Cross Seal

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.

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Guanyin 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.

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Head

Carved from a tagua nut.

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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.

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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.

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Buddha With Custom Base

The Buddha figure is carved from fossil walrus ivory, the pink lotus from alabaster, and the base from hardwood.

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Skull

Carved from a tagua nut.

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Octopus With Pearl

Created on commission as a pendant in gold with a natural pearl.

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Marble Head

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Water Buffalo

Carved from Water Buffalo horn.

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Swan

Carved from tagua nut and painted.

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Cat

Carved from Water Buffalo horn.

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Hardwood Head

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Hardwood Head

The top is hollowed out to make a sort of vessel.

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Wing Chun Sticking Hands

Carved from white pine on commission from a friend who practiced Wing Chun Kung Fu.

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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.

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More Miniature Mountains

This is another piece of weathered walrus ivory. Apparently native Alaskans dig through their ancestors garbage heaps for old ivory tools, etc. which they then carve or sell to artists.

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Botryoidal Nephrite With Base

The top is a piece of natural botryoidal jade for which I carved a custom hardwood base.

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Basswood Dwarf

Carved from basswood for a friend who was fond of playing a video game in which a dwarf threw balls of fire at his opponents.