Handmade, Wood Marquetry of Palestinian Woman. Dozens of individual wood pieces.

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Seller: nyckelharpabuilder (528) 100%, Location: Portland, Oregon, Ships to: US, Item: 333111405922 This is a beautiful handmade example of very well crafted marquetry. The image is (I believe) that of a Palestinian woman carrying a basket upon her head. No doubt the basket is full of her families daily provisions. She has a splendid feminine form, and she is young. There is a charming innocence about this depiction. It could almost harken back to the story of Abraham and Keturah, the second wife of the biblical patriarch. In many respects it's a painting in wood. The artist who crafted it is unnamed. However, his or her workmanship is excellent. I have been a woodworker all of my life, and I would be proud to claim this marquetry art as my own, had I made it. I believe the wood is walnut, or a very similar wood type as walnut. It is very dense and heavy, and of the highest quality. The background wood grain is outstanding. There are no cracks, checks, or knots in this wood. The pieces making up the image are collectively a few dozen individual varieties of wood. The artist has highlighted some areas by etching the wood and adding ink to the etched areas. For example the pleats on the woman's dress have been done as such. Her feet and, face, arms, waist are also highlighted in this manner, using a white material I cannot identify. Those areas have also been etched to highlight the features upon her face, and her toes. There are floral accents. And in the Middle East, there are "Bull Rushes," that grow in marshy areas (commonly called cat tails in the western world). I will package this marquetry art with great care for shipping. Shipping provider: USPS., or FedEx. Condition: Excellent conditon throughout. The finish is simply gorgeous, like new... The woodworking is tight and very precise. Measures: top to bottom, 12 inches, Side to side, 9 inches, Walnut wood is about 1 inch thick. It comes ready to hang upon your wall (see last photo). Please zoom into the very high resolution photos so that you can see the lovely conditon of this handmade Marquetry piece., California Prop 65 Warning: Not applicable, Material: Solid Wood

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