Tiger sculpted from a single piece of rare ebony wood, eyes set with tiger's eye quartz, Sterling silver cast head, legs and tail.
Tigers and their superlative qualities have been a source of fascination for mankind since ancient times, and they are routinely visible as important cultural and media motifs. They are also considered one of the charismatic mega fauna, and are used as the face of conservation campaigns worldwide.
Ebony is a dense black hardwood, derived from the Ancient Egyptian hbny. It is dense enough to sink in water and it is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood. By the end of the 16th century, fine cabinets for the luxury trade were made of ebony. The wood's dense hardness lent itself to refined moldings framing finely detailed carvings in very low relief (bas-relief), usually of allegorical subjects, or with scenes taken from classical history.
This piece can also be an casual dining implement as a large bowl, to serve fruits or to decorate flowers, apart from being a center piece in any luxurious living room.
It took approximately 3 months to produce
Size: 35(W) x 125(L) x 25(H) cm.
Weight: 19.4 kg.