Tagua Nut Hedgehog Ornament from Ecuador.
Tagua Nut is from the very hard white seed of certain palm trees that are native to South America. It is a hard and dense material that needs carving tools to carve. It is white in color with a brown cover and has a fine marbled grain structure like ivory and so, is also called vegetable ivory.
This ornament is a hedgehog carving of a tagua nut. The skill of the artisan can be seen in the details of the carving. The brown exterior of the nut is used to create the spiky hedgehog exterior. Ornament measures 2.25" in height and 1" in width and is for decorative purposes only. A loop is attached for hanging. This is a handcrafted item, so the product may vary slightly in color and craft from the images.
These ornaments are carved by artisans in Ecuador.