I was really intrigued when I came across this little chap in a local antiques shop. What on earth was he made from?
This lovely little lizard, probably a Seram Bow-fingered Gecko, originates from the forests of Indonesia. He’s made from a parasitic plant which attaches itself to the Chinaberry Tree and lives off the sap from the tree making it become very hard. When the tree dies and rots away, these parasitic plants are left behind for local craftsmen to collect and carve into interesting sculptures to sell.
This piece measures approx. 24cm and is beautifully carved with a wonderful ridged spine and individual scales. His face is very appealing with a lizard-like smile. The piece is in good condition and heavier than it appears so seems to be quite robust. I have left him as I found him but I think a waxing would bring out the colours and textures of the wood if you would prefer.
Because of the mushroom like nature of the underside of the sculpture, it can be sat in many different positions.
A very unusual wooden sculpture from Indonesia.