“Sunset Ruru / Morepork”
The stone is called Carnelian. It has been carved for 1000’s of years and like Jade is found worldwide and also here in NZ. Most of ours seems to come from Coromandel.
Because this piece was so translucent I decided to make the whole carving a reverse intaglio which is a fancy way of saying I carved the Ruru into the back of a piece instead of the front.
The front surface has no carving so all you can see is a little ghostly Ruru but when you hold it up to the sun – bam there he is.
Material – New Zealand Carnelian
Size – 15mm wide X 29mm high