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Smooth hibiscus wood takes on feline contours as Nyoman Naranata transforms it into a fascinating mask. Seeming to smile, the mysterious cat is alert with ears and eyes. Hibiscus wood exhibits colors ranging from white to light gray, dark gray or even black heartwood. This natural occurrence can rarely be replicated, making each carving exceptionally unique. Please expect slight differences in wood grain color and distribution patterns. Theme and artistic quality remain the same.
About the Artist: "I am Balinese born and was named Nyoman Naranata by my parents in the traditional baby ceremony in 1970. When I was just an elementary student, the art of woodcarving was imprinted on my everyday life. Handicrafts are becoming the main wage earner in my village. As time passes and I get older, my experiences have led me to concentrate on carved masks. I learned to design from my father; this craft is taught and learned from generation to generation. "The material I commonly used is hibiscus wood. It has good characteristics and it isn't too heavy. I look forward to having cooperation and partnership with Novica, which helps artists in marketing around the globe."
The Nyoman Naranata Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Nyoman Naranata in Indonesia. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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