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This auction features a large, beautifully hand-carved rhinoceros from Kenya, East Africa. This work of art was masterfully hand-carved from a single block of richly grained teak by a special Akamba carver who lives in southern Kenya. We have personally selected this piece for its realism, its beautifully carved lines and the rich grain in the highly polished wood. Rhinos are breath-taking to watch, and are indeed one of the "Big Five" attractions which draw tourists to Kenya. Despite its huge size and weight, the rhino has surprising agility, and so is the very representation of strong power. They have a vile temper and often charge blindly at groups of people or vehicles, with no provocation. Poachers have caused near extinction, but through the diligent efforts of wildlife officials and special park guards, this spectacular species is making a slow, but steady come-back in number.
This piece has been has been exquisitely carved to display the natural, rich lines of the teak wood, then polished to a high sheen. Free-standing, this rhinoceros carving stands 5- 6 inches tall and is 9-10 inches long. This is a very special and unique piece of artwork, NOT the roughly-carved, mass-produced variety often seen in the open markets or the usual tourist shops.
In rough woodsheds and under the shade of the mango trees, Akamba wood carvers work in a craft-cooperative, surrounded with sounds of chipping and sanding, men's voices and laughter, occasional singing and the spicy, tangy smell of exotic woods. the craftsmen reduce single pieces of wood into useful and beautiful pieces of folk art, using only simple hand tools of axes, various-sized knives, files and sandpaper. The Akamba people are famous all over the world for their unique wood carving skills, which are passed from generation to generation. I have met Akamba men who were 5th generation wood carvers. This carver, however, is a Master of masters, in his beautiful detailed carving.
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We guarantee all our items to be genuine, handcrafted items, as we have PERSONALLY SELECTED EACH ONE and brought them directly from our home in Central Africa. Many of our items are one-of-a-kind, gallery quality. Buyer to pay all shipping and insurance costs. Payment can be made using Paypal, PayDirect or Money Order. For Money Orders, make payment out to Africa By Design and email me to expect your payment in the mail. Include your name, item number and shipping address! If we do not receive payment within 7 days, we reserve the right to sell to the next highest bidder. We will combine won items whenever possible (when they will fit in appropriate boxes) to save you shipping cost. We urge all prospective bidders to email any and all questions or concerns in regard to an item to us 48 hours or more prior to the close of an auction. No refunds on shipping, Auction Listing Fees or Finance charges. PLEASE INCLUDE ITEM NUMBER WITH ANY AND ALL CORRESPONDENCE.
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