Bone Carving - Three Hoot Owls

Bone Carving - Three Hoot Owls

Carved from a curved a piece of cow bone, a parent owl is sheltering its two smaller ones, a beautiful depiction of parenthood, birds, or community. The tan color is from tea staining, an old tradition of coloring bone carvings. Hand carved in the village of Tampaksiring, Bali.

All of our bone products are carved from cow bone, or in Bali known as water buffalo. In Indonesia, as in other tropical lands, the water buffalo is critical to farmers: it provides milk, it is a "living tractor” that plows rice paddies, and is prized by families. When a water buffalo dies, no part of it is wasted: in addition to providing beef to the family, the bones are cured and then carved by talented craft artists. The delicacy of this work reflects difficult hand skills that are passed from generation to generation. 

Approximately 2.25" L x 1.25" W

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