Lapidary and Bone-carving Art



    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    The 20th century

    Moser, Gerd

    Labradorite, red eosite, blue tiger's eye, agate, rock crystal, gold; carving, polishing

    Height 15.8 cm


    The European Kingfisher, it can also be found in northern Africa and much of Asia. Its habitat is fresh water, especially where the water is calm and slow moving, and where tall riverbanks provide nesting sites. The present very fine carving depicting a Kingfisher utilizes labradorite to suggest the vivid blue back and tail feathers, and red eosite to render the breast. In his beak which is carved of a blue tiger's eye quartz, known as "hawk's eye" he clutches a brown translucent agate carved fish. His gold vermeil feet perch atop a specimen of rock crystal quartz.