Lapidary Works of Art and Ivories

A family scene of chimpanzees

    A family scene of chimpanzees

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    20th century

    Heidi Nilges

    Agate, verdite; carving, polishing

    Length 22.8 cm

    Monogram "hn" for Heidi Nilges


    A family scene of chimpanzees, the carvings separate and movable to create a changing vignette: depicting a mother with baby on her back, a father and another offspring, the chimpanzees are expertly carved of brown agate with excellent translucency especially in the hands; the tree trunk is carved of brilliant green verdite.