Demon

  • Altar Modelling
  • Demon figure
  • Code: ALT-09-07
  • 25mm resin model figure. Single piece.
  • Requires painting. Paint not included in the box.

Demon figürü

Demon speaking in admonishment

Topkapı Palace Museum is the home of many pictures believed to have been made in 14th century in Central Asia by a master named Muhammad Siyah Qalam (literally meaning black pen). In these mysterious works, humans and demons are portrayed in their daily lives. These demons are big, strong and have scary look. Although different from humans, these creatures with sharp teeth, having dragon head at the tip of their long tails act like humans, i.e. they fight, dance, play musical instruments, drink, cut trees, sacrifice horses and dress like humans. The demon speaking in admonishment is portrayed as standing on one leg and leaning on his staff, with his right hand index finger pointing upright. The original picture of this demon talking and making a threatening gesture with his hand is 15.6cm to 27.3cm and is kept at Topkapı Palace Treasury 2153 folio 48A. This is a masterpiece from a mysterious world and continues to speak in admonishment from that realm.


Stages of the figure were as follows:



Master figure- beginning the project.



Demon and 25mm Old Glory Ottoman Officer figure which was taken as reference in scaling all Altar 25mm figures.



Final phase, master is ready.



Demon speaking in admonishment
Original painting located at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
Postcard for the 2005 “Turks” exhibition.
Source: Altar Modelling collection


Has someone in the name of Mohammed (or Mehmed) actually lived is a subject of continued debate. We are more in line with the school of thought that argues such named person never really existed. That’s why we use terms in describing these works painting attributed to Black Pen or believed to be created by someone named Black pen. What is more important to us is not whether he actually lived or not, but these original works, which we had to chance to see with our own eyes really exist at the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. These real pieces of art brings details from a different world.


Demons sawing tree.
Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul
Source: Mazhar Şevket İpşiroğlu, Bozkır Rüzgarı Siyah Kalem, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul 2004



Dancing demons
Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul
Source: Mazhar Şevket İpşiroğlu, Bozkır Rüzgarı Siyah Kalem, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul 2004



Demons trying to move the donkey
Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul
Source: Mazhar Şevket İpşiroğlu, Bozkır Rüzgarı Siyah Kalem, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul 2004



Demons
Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul
Source: Mazhar Şevket İpşiroğlu, Bozkır Rüzgarı Siyah Kalem, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul 2004



Demon kidnapping a human.
Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul
Source: Mazhar Şevket İpşiroğlu, Bozkır Rüzgarı Siyah Kalem, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul 2004



One of the most important events of the recent period was surely the exhibiton named
"Turks" organised by Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2005.
Source: Altar Modelling collection



Program of the "Turks" exhibition by Royal Academy of Arts.
Source: Altar Modelling collection



The demon speaking in admonishment painting was used extensively by the exhibition organisers on programs and on huge banners outside the RAA building. This was likely due to the great original value and story demon painting carried.
Ironically, some people in Turkey who were actually living next to these wonderful paintings located at the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul for centuries and having no idea about the existence of them, using their quite distorted, bizarre knowledge and worldview, tried to find hidden meanings under this choice of RAA and claimed Turks were humiliated by using a monster on the ads and banners. Some even used their space in their newspapers to voice this funny and illiterate argument “are we like that monster!”.
Source: Altar Modelling collection



Figure is produced at world standards as in the case of all other Altar Modelling products.

This is a 25mm resin figure. Requires painting. Figure comes in single piece.

This figure has been produced in limited numbers and released worldwide on 1 July 2009.

Click to read the review of Altar's 25mm figures at world's leading wargame magazine "Wargames Illustrated"s August 2009 issue.

 

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