This hand carved paperweight is rather sinister looking and I almost did not purchase him for that reason; however he was so unique I was not able to resist.
Hand carved out of black onyx this piece came from an old estate where the previous owners had a number hand carved item out of natural semiprecious gemstones and minerals.
The sharp features of this carving remind me of the characters found on African shields and in much of your African art. While visiting West Africa my husband and discovered that onyx is quite plentiful and you could find everything from carvings to jewelry made from it. I do not know if this piece originated in Africa but I would not be surprised if it did.
This piece would be a wonderful addition to any paperweight collect and it will certainly stand out as unique.
Size: 3 1/2" long by 2" wide by 1 3/4" high.