Sold. USA, private collection.
Materials: Juniper. Tagua nut. Mother of pearl, warthog tusk and black buffalo horn inlay.
Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.0 x 2.0 cm.
The idea for this ojime came from Anatol Ionis of Seattle, Washington, USA, with a few additions of my own.
The woven basket together with its cover are carved from one piece of Crimean juniper (Juniperus excelsa Bieb.) and are integral, i.e. they are not glued together or jointed by any other means.
The fish are carved from tagua palm nut (Phytelephas macrocarpa), and are stained. Fish eyes are 1.8 mm in diameter and are inlaid with mother-of-pearl from the black-lip pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera); pupils are made of the African (black) buffalo (Syncerus caffer) horn (boss).
The signature reserve is inlaid with the African warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) tusk.