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Beautifully hand carved Solid Ironwood ornament. Is approximately 11.5 inches / 30 cm in height and 5.5 iches / 15 cm in width, with Africas Big 5 "African lion," "African elephant," "African buffalo," "African leopard," and "Rhinoceros" carved with incredible detail. A real collectors item, and heavy in weight. Beautifully hand carved with the most gorgeous detail and very heavy in weight. Made from Solid Ironwood, an incredibly difficult wood to work with. The work that has been done on this is incredible and takes several weeks as well as a huge amount of patience. A highly time consuming piece, but definitely one for all those African Art lovers out there, this is simply a must have and will be a very treasured items for many many years to come. This treasure will be with you for many years, as a keepsake and to be passed down the generations. This is a beautiful and rare item.
Ironwood is amongst the worlds top 10 strongest woods and it quite rare to obtain Ironwood items due to the fact it is very difficult timber to work with due to its hardness. It is an African tree species belonging to the Olive family (Oleaceae). It is widespread in Africa, being found almost throughout Africa south of the Sahara from the east in Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan, south to the tip of South Africa, and west to Cameroon, Sierra Leone and the Islands of the Gulf of Guinea, as well as Madagascar and the Comoros. It occurs in bush, littoral scrub and evergreen forest. Very durable and extremely strong. The wood of the tree is very hard, fine grained, and heavy, and although difficult to work, it is widely used for art and artifacts.