08 February 2012

Koala emu egg carving by Tim Murray

Koala emu egg carving
Emu egg shell
8cm W x 15cm H plus stand
$250 GST incl

The Australian craft of carving emu egg shells dates back to the mid 1850s a colonial tradition developed in Australia by immigrant silversmiths. Many were subsequently set in elaborate silver mounts.

The emu egg is the only tri coloured egg in the world the outer layer is a green so dark it is almost black, removing that layer reveals a centre teal or light green section which is then polished, I use a scalpel to carve a line drawing style image of a Koala into the centre white layer. The egg is then mounted on a Red Gum stand creating a genuine piece of Australiana.  

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