Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Broers Edition.

Joe Broers once again brings us a fantastic piece. This time it's a Cthulhu idol inspired by the Mound Builder cultures of pre-contact North America.

There's a lot to like here. The design is not only attractive, but seems consistent with the forms used in the surviving beads and small sculptures of the Mound Builders. What's most interesting to me is how well he's duplicated the look of engraved and polished stone using Super Sculpey.


Jason McKittrick said...

I have one of these and it is quite nice. Joe achieved the smooth stone look by casting them in Ultracal.

I always look forward to what Joe comes out with next!

CoastConFan said...

Excellent background information on this build. There is a good chapter on the mound builders available for free download on Project Gutenberg here: although you might just want to see the pertinent Chapter 10 here: from The Prehistoric World or Vanished Races, by Emory A. Allen.

You can download these copyright free books from Project Gutenberg to add your prop collection. But if you are good with Photoshop, you can simply add in a photo of your prop into this existing book to add to the tableau. Imbedding textual “proof” is a good part of presentation.

Along that line they also have Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders by T. Eric Peet which can be modified the same way. I see this figure more in a Mesopotamian context myself, maybe with a bit of Akkadian text along the base.

CoastConFan said...

P.S. I read the article you cited, Animal Carvings from Mounds of the Mississippi Valley and was amused to find that indeed, there were fake items associated, even then. Read the section about the Elephant Mound (p153) and the two “Mastodon Pipes” figs 28 & 29. found circa the 1880. How nice it would have been to have tuned up a Cthonian figure or two for inclusion. I can see show this project started now; “not entirely above criticism”, heh!

Andy Troy said...

Beautiful piece! Joe's take on ethnic idols and specimens never fail to astound me.