Large, beautiful wooden sculpture of John the Baptist holding lost lamb 5 feet For Sale
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Large, beautiful wooden sculpture of John the Baptist holding lost lamb 5 feet : $150,000
Here is one beautiful statue, depicting the one and only John the Baptist as a shepherd, holding the figurative Lamb of God in his hand and a staff in the other hand.Originally I believed this to be a statue representing Jesus Christ himself. It looks like all the pictures I've seen of Jesus. But a very informed religious art expert informed me that this is in fact John the Baptist. So I have edited the title and description accordingly. If you have a different opinion, please contact me and let me know what you think.You can't imagine the beauty of this ONE OF A KIND statue unless you see it in person. It was carved out of a single piece of teak wood. There is not another in the world like it.The neatest part about it is that the teak is kind of twisting here and there, and there are places where there was no wood to carve, so there are natural gaps / holes in the sculpture. This just adds to the beauty and marvel of the piece. In fact, one of my sincere Christian friends once stood in front of it, put his hand into one of the openings in the wood, looked at me with a very serious look on his face, and said, "HOLLOWed be thy name." Pretty profound....but I have also been told that this comment could be irreverent at best, and blasphemous mockery at worst. I know that heart of the guy who said it and I know he intended no mockery, but I guess someday we will know how God took the comment. Good luck, Joe...I will pray for you.It looks almost like an apparition of John in wood. The face is perfect and looks just the way I picture Jesus. Yes, I know he probably doesn't look like he's been pictured in 20th century drawings. But that's how I see him in my mind's eye and will continue so to do until I meet him "at the last trumpet." But I guess John the Baptist has the same look.I bought this unbelievably beautiful piece at a high-end art gallery in Palo Alto, CA during my last term there as CEO of a (now failed) internet startup company. I suppose it was an example of extravagance that I should have controlled. But if you can't splurge on a sculpture of the man who was sent to prepare the way for your savior, what CAN you splurge on? I ask you!One funny thing I must share. You have probably heard that California is not known for embracing Jesus Christ. Well, the art gallery that sold this had titled it "Shepherd with sheep". No mention of John the Baptist or Jesus - and when I suggested that was who it was, they seemed taken aback. But John the Baptist it is! The artist knew, even if the gallery didn't! I was frankly quite surprised to see it there, as some of the other art around it was quite.....well, let's just say stuff that would have made John blush. Anyway, Like a lot of other stuff in my store, I don't really want to sell this. But times are tough - perhaps you've heard. This statue won't be good for much other than firewood if there is a meltdown in this country. So I'm offering it up for sale....I hope you all appreciate it!Oh, I should mention that this is rather large and heavy. Not quite life sized, but not much shy of it. Between 5 and 6 feet tall, and probably about 400 pounds. Luckily, I have experience shipping big heavy stuff (arcade games and pinball machines) so this will be a piece of cake if you want it shipped. Just send me your zip code and I will get you a quote.Oh, and I should mention that it is not flawless....the wood is cracked in a few places, although I believe that is natural. There are small cracks in several places if you look closely. I think the hand with the staff was broken off and re-attached by the gallery before I bought it. It has to be hard to carve something this delicate and intricate without having a single mishap. But the finished product is phenomenal.Feel free to ask questions. I can post more, closer pictures, too.