Zuni Fetish Carving
Alvert Lamy
Tagua Nut with Turquoise Eyes

Alvert Lamy , Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, USA

Nice Beaver.  Alfred does a lot of beavers and bears in tagua nuts as their bodies work well with the shape of the nuts.  

Tagua nuts are a popular carving material of indigenous people in Panama.  When they cure (dry) they get very hard and take on the carving characteristics of ivory, hence the nickname "plant ivory".  Happily, it is a very sustainable material.  The artist is limited by the size of the nut, but I wish more artists would try to do some work in this.  

 Remember to check the dimensions - the photos are extreme close-ups.
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Length: 1-1/2"

Width: 15/1/6"

Height: 13/16"

Weight: .4oz/12gr/0.026lbs


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