Wounaan Embera Natural Anteater Tagua Nut Carving-Panama 20072704mm

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The Wounaan tagua carvers are some of the best tagua carvers in the world. We have been buying and selling their tagua carvings for more than 25 years.

This is an interesting anteater carving for several reasons. First, it is white or the natural color of tagua. It clearly shows why tagua is called vegetable ivory.  Secondly, it is a vintage carving. I suppose I have had it for 25 years or more. I thought all these treasures had been sold but he was hiding in a box. And lastly, I suspect he was dipped in a Cocobolo sawdust dye that the artist's wife cooked up for her basket fiber. There was a time back then when dyeing tagua and then polishing it was very popular. I don't see it anymore but I still like it. 

Every tagua carving is a one-of-a-kind treasure.

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