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Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 7 to 8

These figures purchased in the 1950’s, use a heavier wood (than the two earlier posts), darker toned; finish enhanced with polish. They probably come from Kenya.

Three Rhinoceros, side by side

Three Rhinoceros. The ‘two-toned’ effect of one shows both heartwood and outer wood.
Female Rhino horns are longer than the males.


Another Tortoise. Heavier than the previous one (in an earlier post), makes a good paperweight.
The hard wood is not suitable for hot poker-work.

All these figures were collected in East Africa, mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s.

Joe Lucas August 2012

See all of Joe’s African Safari blog posts.

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