The artists like to say they look at the nut and see the animals within. Then through their carving skills they release them.
Here we have a super Elegant Frog carving. This carving needs a little extra explaining. You see, there are two sides to it. One is the frog and he's a star. But the other side is a array of leaves that are very nicely carved. The carving sits on its base with the frog looking straight up.
I have probably had this carving in my inventory for 30 years. I have several boxes of all white carvings that I rarely get around to anymore. The other day I was looking at them and decided to start in on them. White means the natural color of tagua. It is why tagua is often referred to as vegetable ivory or called ivory nut. Click for the larger images to get the best views.
Every tagua carving is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
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