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    Posted 3 years ago

    difinitive
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    A Goodwill find of a wall hanging sculpture of the 12 apostles. Originally it had many wires protruding from the back. Were the wires used to carved the piece or was it a method to strengthen the plaster? The detail work on each face is amazing. Its originality is better than any reproduction that exist. When touched, people ask if it is made out of steel but it’s just hardened plaster perhaps it is very old. There is no history of an original wall hanging splattered sculpture. Who made this? And when? This piece apparently has been curated multiple times to protect and preserve its originality. The interesting point is it’s rarity. Are these the real faces of the true 12 apostles? Could there be lost History out there that can define such a piece? This is obviously more original than what is being sold today. Hope someone can add knowledge to this piece.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      I have seen similar ones , It is last supper and they do not look like the faces of antique ones I have seen , Great piece though But I would date it more around 1950's ? Just my thoughts
    2. difinitive difinitive, 3 years ago
      Thank you for commenting on this piece. It’s good to here that it is not like others and my research agreed with that. I could not find anything on the web that is identical to it. It would be nice to find one like it so we can record the history of it. It will be helpful for those that may have one and don’t know much about it. That is why I like collectors weekly because we work together with sharing our knowledge of what we know or suspect when it comes to identifying rare items. Thank you again, I hope that more people add to your knowledge.
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 years ago
      On the head of the man at the far right side, there is a hole broken in his head and it is hollow nearest the surface.
      On another man, there are stark-white patches on the head: probably were holes and plaster seeped out.
      I think this was a plastic replica of The Last Supper which has been filled with plaster.
      I recently saw a very similar Last Supper on Etsy. That one (not plaster filled) has been framed. The seller dates it as about 1960.
      You could check that one out to see if this explanation makes sense.
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      isn't this a chalkware piece?
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 years ago
      I don't believe its chalk ware. The head that is broken open and is vacant inside convinces me it's a "decorative" plastic item that someone filled with plaster; the vacant area was probably an air pocket. That may be why the head broke open- there was no plaster inside it. Same thing with the other broken facial features and heads.

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