A large anteater over 2′ long, 28″ L x 10″ W x 9″ H, and very heavy at 22.4 lbs. This piece appears to convey a life-sized anteater from the Darien Rainforest of Panama. He is perched on a branch which holds a large round nest, and the animal’s long tongue reaches into the nest. An incredible craving created out of a single piece of Cocobolo wood showing beautiful layers of red colors in the wood. Extra shipping fees will be communicated after purchase to cover extra shipping weight.
Cocobolo is a dense rosewood, prized for its weight and beautiful lines. It is one of the main creative endeavors of many Wounaan men, who carve various animals first with a hatchet, and add finishes by hand sanding and applying a glass to the completed piece. Each creation is unique, hand made by a single artisan, and may have markings on the outside of the piece as evidence of a handmade piece of art.
This piece shows many of the natural elements of the carver, from notches on the side of the base to the natural colors of the wood. Carvings are created using the darker reddish-brown heart of the wood. The sapwood is a creamy yellow, not often used in carvings except for a small section sometimes on the outer layer of the carving.