This is an unusually large bowl with the enticing shape of an open shell. It is carved from Solomon Islands rosewood (pterocarpus indicus) and exhibits a lovely golden glow. It is embelliished with Mother of Pearl inlay, done with a unique pattern to evoke a flowering vine.
For the mother of pearl inlay, the artist cuts a piece of shell to fit the space, then cuts it into tiny pieces, files each one to create the pattern, and then puts each individual piece in place using custom putty.
Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
Personally collected Compadre Voyage
25"L x 14"W x 6"H