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Claudius Ptolemy the geographer of 2nd Century Alexandria

Posted by chen on 13 Mar 2017, 07:17

Dear gents,

I have just finished a vignette for the famous scholar Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, who made his unbelievably accurate world map around AD 150. I'm thinking to bring this model with me in my journey to Egypt, which begins tomorrow. :mrgreen:
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Hope you like it.

Cheers,
Chen
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Posted by sberry on 13 Mar 2017, 07:47

This is really a fantastic work, so many details on this vignette! The plant in the pot is superb!

For anybody who wants to read some recent research on Ptolemy's world map, I recommend this article (with a mathematics warning - it is pretty technical): http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/Preprints/P439.PDF
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Posted by MABO on 13 Mar 2017, 08:51

How nice this is, so many details. I think the figure is from Nicolai? And the bear from IMEX??

Wonderful. Maybe you can think about bringing this vignette to teh FIGZ this year.... :mrgreen:
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Posted by Susofrick on 13 Mar 2017, 08:57

Totally wonderful and I think your best work!
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 13 Mar 2017, 09:48

Wow! I love your work, sir. :love:
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Posted by stenfalk on 13 Mar 2017, 10:36

Wow, this is so adorable. A wonderful work, i love it very much!
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Posted by chen on 13 Mar 2017, 10:54

sberry wrote:This is really a fantastic work, so many details on this vignette! The plant in the pot is superb!

For anybody who wants to read some recent research on Ptolemy's world map, I recommend this article (with a mathematics warning - it is pretty technical): http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/Preprints/P439.PDF


Thanks, this is so great! I have saved it in my iphone and will try to finish reading it before I get to Alexandria. Thanks again for the recommendation.
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Posted by chen on 13 Mar 2017, 11:06

Thanks mates for your nice comments.

MABO wrote:How nice this is, so many details. I think the figure is from Nicolai? And the bear from IMEX??

Wonderful. Maybe you can think about bringing this vignette to teh FIGZ this year.... :mrgreen:


Hi Jan,
Yes I think the figure is from Nicolai (I picked it up from the bunch of figures I had bought many years ago), the bear skin is sculpted with AB putty, so is the cat. The pot is a 1:50 plastic model normally used in architectural interior decoration models, with some conversion to make it look smaller.

FIGZ is for another year. :mrgreen: I have to save money for my yearly journey. :-)
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Posted by Ben90 on 13 Mar 2017, 16:20

Great and very unusual!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 13 Mar 2017, 16:44

I like it all.Especially the Pussy Cat. :thumbup: BB
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Posted by Kekso on 14 Mar 2017, 08:10

WOW, so many details on such small area :shock:
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Posted by Mr. Cryns on 15 Mar 2017, 12:04

:notworthy: So great to see you here again at our forum, mr. Chen!
And this is a superb vignette. :notworthy: :love:
You surprise me again and again with your terrific, classic ancient European subjects.
The work on the details is so excellent, that the human figure is not getting most of the attention anymore. :eh:
Amazing how you sculpted the bear skin and the cat. Also I love the way you made those umbrella-plants and the table full of stuff.

I think Chinese people who visit Egypt buy lots of ancient looking fake souvenir like the golden statue you show us at your table. The difference between them (the hordes of tourists) and you is you already made it yourself! :-D :yeah: so you can stuff your suitcase with some real archeological findings on your return flight home.
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Posted by Carlos on 16 Mar 2017, 01:10

Excellent work, a jewell.
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Posted by Wiking on 16 Mar 2017, 05:13

Very well done!
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Posted by bilsonius on 16 Mar 2017, 22:06

Brilliant and original!

That desk is so busily cluttered I almost expected to see an overflowing ash-try and a couple of coffee cups...
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Posted by chen on 18 Mar 2017, 20:57

Thanks again for your nice comments, my friends. I'm now in Petra, Jordan, and I'll post photos of the traveling Mr. Ptolemy as soon as I get home.

As for all those scrolls, I took the book <Readers of Ancient Greece and Rome> by Sir Frederic Kenyon as reference and made the scrolls with plastic rods and thin paper. The plant behind the figure is supposed to be papyrus, with the 'crest' being made with Woodland static grass.
Mr. Cryns you are right about the tourist souvenir practice. But I do want to buy some of those fake statues as soon as they allow a rework for modeling. You are also absolutely right about my real motive for travelling: fill my case with real archeological findings... :mrgreen: unfortunately I'm not professional enough and today I found nothing but several mosaic pieces after spending the whole day under the sun of Petra.
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Posted by Peter on 01 May 2017, 20:31

Pictures are gone?
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Posted by Paul on 01 May 2017, 20:58

Peter wrote:Pictures are gone?

and now they are back ;-)
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Posted by TK on 01 May 2017, 21:00

Great work! Very nice!
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