Genghis Khan – the Mongolian leader 1162-1227 - ג'ינגיס חאן

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Project by Eli Adamit posted 11-26-2011 08:38 PM 2856 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The head -Indian Sysam wood (dalbergia Sissoo), the body – Cupressus.

Stands at 50 CM height, (about 20’‘).

The most famous painting of Genghis Khan was from the 16 century. There is another Genghis Khan picture printed on the Mongolian banknote. There is a bronze sculpture at the Parliament in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. Another sculpture is located 50 kilometers outside of Ulan Bator. All of them had the same haircut, beard and the same headdress but the face details were different from picture to picture. So I concluded that there is no unique formal face of Genghis Khan.
In order to have a model of a typical Mongolian person, I asked one of the members here in the Lumberjocks which is Mongolian, to take for me two photos of a typical Mongolian person: one from front and one from aside. (I thanked him personally), and took some photos from a neighbor which visit Mongolia recently. Even I asked a Hong Kong person which I met in London by the street to take two photos of him. All the Paintings, sculptures, photos which I mentioned above were in front of me when I carved it and tried to carve the most typical Mongolian face.

I carved Genghis Khan in order to give it to my sister as a gift since she built with her husband in Israel, a Mongolian tents village called “Genghis Khan in the Golan” as a hostel for travelers. The sculpture will be located in the village.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 08:45 PM

Great carving, from all the different opinions on Genghis from different cultures, it would be impossible to say
if you captured his true nature, but from an apprentice wood carvers point of view, you have made a great
wooden portrait of Mongol and it should fit in with your sisters village. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 08:51 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

#3 posted 11-27-2011 06:48 AM

Eli,another exellent carving !!!


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#4 posted 11-27-2011 07:36 AM

Amazing piece. Very realistic and I assume the scale is more or less 1:1.
I like the texture of the hat.

-- Dave -

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 08:09 AM

well done

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 08:42 AM

thanks all.
Dave, the scale is 1.5 of the human face. It was fun to carve this scale since, usual I struggle with 30% – 80% of the human body, because of the limit size of wood which are available in my area.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 06:40 AM

Eli very nice carving and choice of woods. That Indian Sysam wood is very rich in grain and holds the detail nicely!!!! Beautiful.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#8 posted 11-29-2011 09:16 PM

Not sure if this is the same guy or not. From the internet, I learned the following:

“He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed “Genghis Khan”, he started the Mongol invasions that resulted in the conquest of most of Eurasia. These included raids or invasions of the Kara-Khitan Khanate, Caucasus, Khwarezmid Empire, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populations – especially in Khwarezmia. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#9 posted 12-01-2011 07:40 AM

Michael, you are right, I like to work with this kind of wood.
Bob, you are right also – this is the man, you may read the bad things and the good things which this emperor had done at the following site:

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#10 posted 12-02-2011 03:15 PM

I had never heard of sysam, it is beautiful wood. The eyes are particularly expressive and complex. I can feel both paternal care and “I’ll cut your throat if you get in my way” emanating from the eyes. So I guesss your Genghis is one of those typically inscrutable Oriental politicians. I am particularly happy you carved this for your sister’s hostel project. When your art can support family it’s, well it’s just better.

-- Knowledge Is Responsibility

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#11 posted 12-02-2011 05:42 PM

Thank you Mark, you make me laughing on how you expressed your feeling, thank you. The main motive, in my carvings are the challenge, to bring the expression or an idea. I don’t sell my sculptures and this is the first one which I let it leave my hand and not so far emotionally. So the third motive to carve, was to give a sculpture to my sister and afterwards came the idea to carve Genghis Khan. The last motive was my sister’s business. She is doing well without the sculpture :) but in case it will help a little bit more, I will be happy with her.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 05:26 AM

Wow, how wonderful!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#13 posted 12-11-2011 02:30 PM

thank you terri. mark, one of my sculptures made of Indian sysam was published in a woodcarving magazine in London, and I informed them that the wood was “Indian Sysam”, they Published it as a Rosewood. so I searched about the name and found out that the main family is Rosewood and one of the branches is Dalbergia sissoo and one of the Dalbergia sissoo is the Indian Sysam which is more known in Israel – may be you are more familiar with the Rosewood.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 11:47 AM

Great, very Mongolian face. Beautiful wood.

-- if somebody else can do it, you can do it too

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#15 posted 01-06-2012 04:39 PM

My dear friend Batqub, since you are mongolian, I take your comment as a proffesional comment. Thank you.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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