20140707 Ares 3D Capture by Cosmo Wenman_4x3
“It makes no difference what men think of war… War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.”
—Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

This is my 3D capture of the Skulpturhalle Basel museum’s plaster cast, “Head of Ares.” That 19th-century cast was molded from the Munich Glyptothek’s 2nd-century BC marble head of Ares. It is in the same style as the Louvre’s famous full-figure Ares Borghese.

Griffins, dogs, and a sphinx decorate Ares’ helmet, but the sphinx mohawk is a 19th-century reconstruction based on similar depictions of Ares that has since been removed from the Munich marble.

If anyone can make such magnificent headgear work, it’s the chaotic god of war and his cultists. Raise the black flag, don your sphinx mohawk hat, and start slitting throats.

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