ALVERT LAMY ZUNI TAGUA NUT BEAR Carved from a large tagua nut by Alvert Lamy, Zuni. 1 3/4" x 2"
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Alvert Lamy is a pre-eminent Zuni carver of tagua nut for fetishes. Have you ever wondered what tagua nut actually is?
It's the nut from a palm tree. It is valued for its similarity in appearance and carving quality to elephant ivory. Since elephant ivory is rightfully prohibited for any purpose, tagua nut fills an important void in the Zuni carver's resources.