The Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are named for their narrow, pointed beak. Turtles are representative of a group of reptiles that has existed on earth and traveled our seas for the last 100 million years. In mythology, they are considered to be the messengers between the world of the living and the spirit world, since they are able to live both on land and in the water.
This carving is made from Solomon Island rosewood (Pterocarpus indicus) and has a spectacularly carved carapace, demonstrating the simple but gentle curves of the sections.
Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
Personally collected Compadre Voyage
24"L x 16"W x 5"H