Turned-wood sculpture composed of a cluster of small jar-like vessels with stones embedded througout
small hollow vessels with stones, joined into one whole
After taking a course in woodturning, Alain Mailland established his own woodworking shop devoted to cabinetry, stairs, and verandas. In the early 1990s, he turned his focus solely to wood art, specializing in greenwood hollowing because “it’s a live material…and it later changes shape in an interesting way.” He quickly gained a reputation for his unique work and for turning some of the most difficult pieces created.
Complex and intricately carved, The Stone Eater is exemplary in its technical achievement. Each small vessel was individually turned, and yet the piece as a whole is still a single block of wood. It shows just how far Mailland is prepared to push the limits of technical skill.
The overall effect is one of a barnacle-like sea organism.
Two nearly identical daguerreotypes are pictured one on top of the other. They both portray an eagle perched on a tree’s branch. The artist’s signature is typed in red lettering and arched upwards on the bottom center.
Bust portrait of Paris of Troy. He looks off to the upper left. He is shown with a helmet that is toped with a sphynx-like figure and long feathers.
This is a portrait of Paris the young prince of Troy and son of King Priam. As recounted in Homer's epic poem "Illiad," Paris meets Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, and kidnaps her. This sparks the Trojan war which brings distruction to the city, in the end.
Yueshan Daozong, a native of Fujian province in southeast China, immigrated to Japan and Muan Xingtao, who was by then the second-highest ranking prelate in the new Ôbaku Zen temple of Manpukuji. Considered Muan’s foremost disciple, he eventually rose to become the seventh abbot of the monastery. Known in Japan as Etsuzan (the Japanese pronunciation of his name), Yueshan was renowned in his day as a fine calligrapher in both running (seen here) and block script.