Restoring #2: Eagle statue

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Blog entry by Dominik Matus posted 10-03-2013 06:36 PM 1467 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This eagle is part of St. John’s statue from 17th century altar from Moravian village Dolní Dunajovice (Czech republic). Eagle’s wings was lost and replaced with paper ones. When we removed the paper, some notes and music sheets was discovered in it. Schoolmate Petr did some research with professors from local university department of music history and they think it could be from year 1630. I made a right wing, left was made by next schoolmate. More photos later. :)

Photo of altar

Eagle front

Eagle back

Back without paper

Preview of discovered music sheets

My carved new wing

Finished carvings

Detail of claws

-- Cabinetmaker, restorer

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 07:21 PM

I don’t see any photos

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 07:41 PM

What a challenge…

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 07:51 PM

Fixed photos :)

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#4 posted 10-03-2013 07:58 PM

What an honor and privilege to restore an ancient work like this. You must be able to feel the history in your hands.
Thank you for showing us this work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 10-03-2013 08:00 PM

Yes, it’s interesting feel to work with 300 years old thing.

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#6 posted 10-04-2013 12:55 PM

Wonderful work Dominik. As a professional musician I would love to see more of that music. It’s Latin I take it? Or is it Czech? Either way I think this is one of most amazing projects I have seen on here. This is truly and honor for you and speaks to your craftsmanship

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#7 posted 10-04-2013 01:16 PM

Thank you. I can’t say what it is yet, but according to professors these are pieces of several latin songs from Dietrichstein’s school in Mikulov (Nicolspurgensis scholarum). Many parts of lyrics are like from Credo. Some photos has my schoolmate on Facebook (need to be registered).

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