Indian Princess Captured in Bone

Indian Princess Captured in Bone

An Indian maiden, shadowed by a large leaf, and with decorative feathers draped from her hair, stares at us. It's hard to know her thoughts, but perhaps we should ask her rather than speculate...Hand carved from bone 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 2.75" L x 1.25 W

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