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Art, Pyrography, Native American Profiles, Box & 2 Plaques, Vintage early 1900s, 1050

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This amazing antique piece is a wooden round that combines carving and pyrography to create a detailed depiction of a Native American in profile. Definitely a one-of-a-kind conversation starter. 

The ancient art of pyrography – literal translation, “writing with fire” – dates back in some Egyptian and African tribes to the beginning of recorded human history.

 As the name implies, the technique involves the intricate use of a heated object (a “poker” or nib) to freehand a design onto another material, most often wood or leather. The designs vary in degree of detail and depth from primitive outlines to elaborate lifelike images, achieved by applying different temperatures or pressures to the medium. Wood pyrography works are then usually colored or painted to complete the aesthetic of the art, and some are even embellished with beads or other adornments for an added element of dimension.

  • materials: wood, pigments, metal hinge & chain
  • box dimensions: 6" x 6" x 1 3/4"
  • plaque dimensions: 6" x 7 1/2"
  • oval plaque dimensions: 8" x 4"
  • the plaque has a chain on the verso
  • the oval plaque has a brass ring
  • nice vintage condition
  • the hinge on the box has been repaired
  • scratching and scuffing indicative of age
  • style number: ART-1050

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