These figures purchased in the 1950’s, use a heavier wood (than the two earlier posts), darker toned; finish enhanced with polish.
They probably come from Kenya.
Three Rhinoceros. The ‘two-toned’ effect of one shows both heartwood and outer wood.
Female Rhino horns are longer than the males.
Another Tortoise. Heavier than the previous one (in an earlier post), makes a good paperweight.
The hard wood is not suitable for hot poker-work.
All these figures were collected in East Africa, mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s.
Joe Lucas August 2012