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Tsathoggua - Clark Ashton Smith, Cthulhu Mythos by zombiequadrille Tsathoggua - Clark Ashton Smith, Cthulhu Mythos by zombiequadrille
Tsathoggua (the Sleeper of N'kai, also known as Zhothaqquah) is a supernatural entity in the Cthulhu Mythos shared fictional universe. He is the creation of Clark Ashton Smith and is part of his Hyperborean cycle.
The first description of Tsathoggua occurs in "The Tale of Satampra Zeiros", in which the protagonists encounter one of the entity's idols:

He was very squat and pot-bellied, his head was more like a monstrous toad than a deity, and his whole body was covered with an imitation of short fur, giving somehow a vague sensation of both the bat and the sloth. His sleepy lids were half-lowered over his globular eyes; and the tip of a queer tongue issued from his fat mouth.[2]

Later, in Smith's "The Seven Geases" (1933), Tsathoggua is described again:
In that secret cave in the bowels of Voormithadreth . . . abides from eldermost eons the god Tsathoggua. You shall know Tsathoggua by his great girth and his batlike furriness and the look of a sleepy black toad which he has eternally. He will rise not from his place, even in the ravening of hunger, but will wait in divine slothfulness for the sacrifice.

— Clark Ashton Smith, "The Seven Geases                       - all text taken from Wikipedia              

Artifact is about 7 ½ inches tall.  ---- Original made from super sculpey. Copies are available (cast resin) and painted in the black/green, or tarnished gold.  They are $45.00 plus postage.  Contact me at for details.
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the way you've made him look like a Buddha-statue, particularly how he looks like a twisted Budai.
shinchojuku Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Great works! I want to buy this one.  I want you to notice my email.
shinchojuku Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
I sent you email again. Please check it.
nightserpent Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Nice piece, Joe! :)  I'm a sucker for a good verdigris patina (who isn't??), and this sculpt lends itself very well to it, especially all the varied textures and the leaf-like architecture (throne, perhaps?) behind him.
scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Tsathoggua is well done, too. I especially like the tarnished gold version. Another fine piece of work. Clap 
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thanks.  I posted some pics on facebook and the green/black was more popular, but the gold version shows details nicely so I'll make both.  I know Tsathoggua always seems to get a 'mean' look for the gaming community, but after seeing Smith's little sculpts and reading the description I always see him in a non overly threatening way. 
scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
He does seem less threatening than other entities in the Lovecraftian genre. I'm literally a child of the 60s, and that backdrop you gave him, plus the robes and base, suggest the 60s to me in a pleasant way; of course, looks can be deceiving.
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