Lapidary and Bone-carving Art Items

Crayfish trapper

    Crayfish trapper

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    The 20th century

    Agate, obsidian (grey and black), jasper, nephrite, eosite, silver, gold; carving, polishing

    17 х 12.7 х 16.5 cm


    In the tradition of the best gemstone carvings produced in Idar-Oberstein the present piece evokes the entire landscape in its depiction of a fisherman with his crayfish catch still in his hand. He stands ankle deep in "water" which is rendered through the use of a thick slab of brown Brazilian agate, polished to a mirror bright surface revealing concentric banding evocative of a ripple effect. Several black obsidian rocks protrude, as well as nephrite to render the grass. The fisherman's hat is carved from dark grey obsidian and is accented with a nephrite leaf decoration to the brim. The head, arms and legs are all carved of eosite, the beard of white agate, the shirt of brown jasper, Russian nephrite pants. He clutches a fishing hook in one hand and a finely detailed silver crayfish in the other, while a 18K yellow gold basket hangs suspended from his belt.