This pendant is an extremely accurate 3D scanned, 3D printed, and hand-cast reduction of the Louvre's life-size marble "Imaginary Portrait of the Blind Homer," an ancient, idealized portrait of the author of the Illiad and the Odyssey. It is a 2nd-century AD Roman copy of a Greek original.
There are many portraits of Homer that share similar idealized features—the expression of the eyes, the tufted beard and locks of hair framing his cheeks. It is the same style portrait that Rembrandt depicts in his 1653 painting "Aristotle with a Bust of Homer."
The Louvre describes the marble original: "The emotionally powerful treatment of the features, marked by age, underlines the physical decline of an old man. The fixed gaze and the hollow depths of the sockets betray the blindness of the eyes. The poet's hair and the beard, meanwhile, are stirred by the breath of divine inspiration."
In 2013 I spent a week working at the Skulpturhalle Basel plaster cast museum in Basel, Switzerland, where I 3D scanned a high fidelity 19th-century plaster cast of the Louvre's original marble Portrait of Homer. 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.
A 1,800 year-old portrait, this pendant adaptation of the poet has many stories to tell, and is available 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)