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Karang Bintulu 20mm Carved Bone Cabochon

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This carved bone cabochon features karang bintulu, one unblinking eye set over a row of fearsome fangs, a typical feature of Balinese temple carvings.

Hand-carved for Indounik in Bali and suitably masculine, this fine little specimen of ethnic art can be set in a man's pendant, bracelet, ring, ear plug, or cufflinks.

Alternatively, you might like to use it as an embellishment on a Bali vacation scrapbook page.

In my final photo you can see the carver at work creating one of these pieces.

Please note that in addition to ones like those shown in my photos, I also have some paler, more subtly-coloured ones. Please put a note in the message to seller if you would prefer one or more of those.

Diameter: Approx 20mm
Thickness: Approx 3mm
Pieces per pack: 1
Material: Cow bone, flat-backed, not drilled. The bone used in Indounik cabochons is from cattle, is a bi-product of meat production, and is sourced from neighbouring Java.
Colour: Brown (coklat, pronounced choklat). There may be variations in the amount of colour that takes to each piece of bone depending on age and bone density.
Shipping: This item will be shipped by registered post with a tracking number from Bali, Indonesia, and you will almost certainly have to sign for it upon delivery. Please see my shop policies before making your purchase.

The ornate carvings that adorn Balinese temples and other architecture are generally carved in soft volcanic sandstone known as paras.

The inspiration for many of the motifs may have originated in India but they have been subjected to strong local influences, so much so that over the centuries, they've evolved uniquely Balinese characteristics.

The most important carved images are reserved for the temple walls and gateways because they divide the sacred precincts from the profane, secular world outside.

The Balinese are master carvers, not only of stone but also of bone, a sturdy and versatile material that is durable enough to craft a treasured heirloom.

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~ Confucius

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Karang Bintulu 20mm Carved Bone Cabochon


  • Materials: Bovine bone, stain
  • Ships worldwide from Ubud, Indonesia
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