Aw, this sure is one cute happy fish with loads of personality and detail. You can't help but smile at his expression.
Twenty two pieces of intricately carved abalone have been placed within corresponding little wells. Each `well' was hand carved to fit each individual shape and size of shell.
This is much more of a task than just using one piece of shell. The abalone mosaics do not lie flat, but, rather each one is raised and gives a wonderful color display from all angles. This differs from most abalone inlays, which are flush with the silver . One can't help but to admire the creativity and craftsmanship of the artist.
Back is signed Mexico Sterling as well as the eagle mark with the #3 in the center. Signed by the artist- looks like HR or MR.
Measures 2-7/8" in length x 1-1/4" in width.