Thanks OP, I was wondering when this might pop up. It's pretty cool isn't it?
I'll tell ya, I don't really know what to make of it but for some reason I am just not settled on some of the things that I have read about the Iron
Man statue made from a Siberian meteorite.
"The statue was chiseled from an iron meteorite, from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite which crashed into the border areas between Mongolia and
Siberia about 15,000 years ago," said investigator Elmar Buchner of Stuttgart University.
There is no way for me to know for sure but to me the thing looks as though it has been cast
not 'chisled' or 'carved', as is suggested in
That kind of 'slag' build-up in there? Isn't that an artifact of casting? How does chiseling produce that?
And how about these areas that seem thin and brittle? That looks like the same type of irregularities I have seen on other cast iron and aluminum
Like I said, I don't know enough about the particulars of metal casting so I would really love some feedback from someone that knows. I think that
chisels and carving may have been employed after
casting, but I don't think the thing was 'carved' or chiseled' completely from a chunk of
Here is his head...
And the swastika on his 'lamen', or whatever it may be, along with the object in his hand...
The exact dating of the carving cannot be established accurately, but its style links it to the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th century.
Vaisravana was the Buddhist god-king of the North, also known as Jambhala in Tibet.
I want to draw this post to a close, but I would like to suggest that you all check Google Images for images of Vaisravana and Jambhala. You will have
to wonder along with me as to how they got from that to our 'Nazi' statue.
Also, to claim outright that it is a Buddhist god-king from pre-buddhist Bon
seems awfully sloppy to me.
was a heavily syncretic culture from the very distant past that we actually know very little about.
which raises the stink of fish for me.
I am definitely not saying that I don't think it is made of the Siberian meteorite. I am just not so sure of it's real origins or maybe even its
authenticity as an object of antiquity.