Finally, we got the one piece we’ve been dying to have a look at, the one piece we were absolutely sure would turn out to be incredibly awesome, painstakingly carved by hand and delicately ornamented. Here’s the piece I’m talking about.
So, the quality is amazing. The face is perfectly symmetrical, and there’s a lovely gentle ridge on the nose. Each feature on the body has been just so well placed and finished, its the only perfect body we’ve got so far! The crown of the piece, undoubtedly though, is the crown itself.
Whats disappointing though is the back of the head, where we thought the carvers would go all out, carving in the really minutely detailed ornamental patterns that we know they’re capable of doing and which I was so looking forward to. But, nah. Not a square cm of floral vines anywhere on Mr. Garuda. (He’s an eagle! He lives in the forest! He wants more flowers and leaves to remind him of home!)
Anyway, I think these guys have a lot more potential than what they’ve put on the table right now, and I’m really going to push for it. This piece could turn out to be a unique collector’s edition with just the right amount of delicate hand crafting, combining their skill of accurate reproduction with ornamental accents.
Check out this photo shoot he was kind enough to pose for, one with a coin to show how tiny he is.