"In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”—Patton
This pendant is an extremely accurate 3D scanned, 3D printed, and hand-cast reduction of the 13th-century, BC colossal bust known as the "Younger Memnon," depicting the Nineteenth Dynasty pharoah Ramesses II wearing a head-dress with a cobra diadem.
Originally found in the ruins of Thebes, Egypt, the nine foot tall, seven ton granite statue was part of the ancient Egyptian mortuary called the Ramesseum. In 1798 Napoleon's men tried and failed to excavate it and take it to France—the hole in the torso's right side was made during their attempt. Later, in 1816, it was successfully excavated by the British and brought by ship to London.
Anticipating its unveiling at the British Museum, in 1817 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote his famous poem "Ozymandias"—the ancient Greek name for Ramesses II:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
After its public debut, the bust was the first ancient Egyptian sculpture to be recognized by Westerners as a work of art, and became one of the museum's most famous possessions.
I 3D scanned the original statue at the British Museum in 2012. I’ve now prepared the resulting 3D data—the first of its kind—for 3D printing wax patterns which are then hand cast in a variety of precious and semi-precious metals in the traditional lost-wax casting method.
I've translated the colossal pharoah into a pendant and set it in a bale so that you can wear Ozymandias himself, in an alloy of bronze and stainless steel.
(Visit my shop for the same piece in a variety of precious and semi-precious metals: shapeways.com/shops/cosmowenman)