Lapidary and Bone-carving Art

Hippopotamus

    Hippopotamus

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    Coal-black obsidian; carving, finishing

    15.2 x 8.9 x 5 cm

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    Hippopotamus is carved of charcoal-black Russian obsidian, realistically textured to depict the hippo's dimpled skin. This gemstone carving features the use of the most translucent portions of the material to render the delicate ears of the animal.

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    Инв.5410/ДПИ