Obsidian Carving of a Wild Boar--"Il Porcellino"
By Manfred Wild
The glossy sheen and naturalistic texturing of fur is superbly rendered in this carving of a wild boar in repose, formed from a solid piece of Russian obsidian. The inherent color banding of the material is used to its full advantage. The inset eyes are brown agate, the tusks are formed of white agate; the tongue of reddish-pink rhodochrosite. The animal rests on an oval polished base of richly banded malachite over an oval slab of rock crystal, unsigned.