The morris or morisk dancers were designed and carved by Erasmus Grasser in 1480 for the newly built city hall of the capital of Bavaria, Munich, South Germany. He created a series of ten different unique dancers, each with a different headdress and dance position. The one offered here (see picture) is the so called "magician" and has a hat with a lionís head on its tip. The figure is an exact replica of the original statue exhibited in the city museum of Munich. In mideaval times profane figures were not commonly made since the main concentration of the artists focused on sacral themes. Thus the morris dancers are exceptional pieces of fine art. The offered statue is one of the above mentioned ten figures as a collectible. It is approx. 30" high, hand carved of solid lindenwood, gold leafed with 24 carat gold and painted, using the original ancient old method and natural materials - color pigments on top of ten basic layers of a well coordinated complex mixture of china clay, parisian and bolognisian chalk and red and yellow agillaceous earth. This applied crafting method differs to the presently often used mass-produced machine frased carvings, which are painted with modern colors and fake gold. That is why this particular statue is an art creation representing a rarly found sample of fine art and craftmanship. More information can be given by email at mstaudt@bayrische-bildhauerkunst.de

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Moriskentänzer , 1480 von Erasmus Grasser