Wonderful Woodwork - With a Crown

This set of photos was taken on October 7, 2016 at 5:40 AM.

The location was in the lobby of a Famous upscale hotel in Washington DC.

The "Take It!"  has been a moment in waiting for  several years. The subject being immediately next to the object that is my destination in this hotel - served to seemingly minimize its splendor. It is a model of an urn which is usually made from clay or stone, and in this case, made from wood. I am not certain if it is entirely hand carved or has portions made, using a lathe. The end end result is indeed worthy of the pedestal upon which it is placed.  The setting next to a wall with appropriate framed art work is hung is also quite fitting. The overhead lighting bringing attention to all of this is wonderfully done as well. 

Now comes the bonus stuff that I find to be quite amazing. First is the hand formed decorative ring of iron which surrounds the upper portion and widest part of the wooden sculpture*. You will easily see there is a gap between the inside of this ring and the actual surface of the wood. My own little theory is this ring has a second purpose to that of being highly ornamental. This second reason was to possibly serve to keep the wood together should it split further than it already has.  Fortunately this type of severe cracking has not taken place and the functional side of this part has not been called upon.  

The After Take: Everyone to whom I have shown this set of photo, has given them a complement. I am  very pleased to share them with you.

Wood is such a magnificent material to work with.  It has an offering for use in the most basic applications - all the way to the highest levels of craft and artistry.   

Thank you for sharing your time with the subject of this tribute

*This decorative ring if going upon a human head - I believe could qualify as a "Crown."

PS: About the above placement - I think it would need a little padding - lol.

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Gabe (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:27)

    Wow, that looks like some old wood. I havent finished reading yet, so you may have answered this, is it dated somehow?

  • #2

    Jim (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:28)

    What is it actually supposed to be?

  • #3

    Sally (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:29)

    We are sitting here trying to figure out what it is and its purpose. Is it just a cool piece of art?

  • #4

    Sally (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:30)

    We now see that it is an urn, we both missed that on our first read through.

  • #5

    SF1967 (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:31)

    Good thing its not functional. Can you imagine? Ashes spilling through the cracks, lol.

  • #6

    Yuppie7 (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:33)

    The iron bandings actually look like wood really cool

  • #7

    Teri (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:37)

    I have a friend that actually collects old urns and burial artwork. He's a professor at a University near here. I'm going to have to show him this, I wonder if he'd know more about it.