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Hand carved ornament from Malawi Africa, standing at approximately 10.5 inches/27cm in length and 6 inches/15cm in width. Africas big 5, all in one. In Africa, the big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. It has a removable lid for storage, and the bowl can fit a good few small important items, hand carved ornament in solid ebony wood, also can be used as a centre piece, all sides of this treasure are hand carved with Africa's big 5. No two are exactly the same making the treasure even more valuable and a collectors item. This is not massed produced but lovingly made by our artists, who take great pride in their work. A keepsake treasure designed to be loved and treasured for many years to come and passed down through the generations. Ebony wood items of this size are becoming more and more difficult to acquire and certainly one like this size, is a rare find
Ebony wood is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it very valuable as an ornamental wood. Ebony is one of the most expensive hardwoods by species in the world. Ebony wood is an exceptionally hard, very dense, and really beautiful black wood. In Africa they call it "Mpingo" wood and is highly favored but difficult to acquire. Ebony wood is found mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. It is one of the most intensely black woods known, with very high density, fine texture and it can be polished to a beautiful shine. With all these attributes that Ebony wood has, it has made it very valuable. It is known to be one of the most expensive and sought after woods. Ebony has a long history of use, with carved pieces having been found in "Ancient Egypt" tombs