This piece is a true freehand, my favorite kind of carving. On a whim I picked up a piece of Blood of Kings and just went at it starting with a blank slate. The Cobra became apparent once I applied the spiral to the bottom. It suggests to me the energy of a coiled snake ready to strike. The shape has subtle asymmetrical elements that have come to define my work. Blood of Kings, one of the classic materials of Ming, was a perfect choice. The warmth to the touch of cellulose acetate is luxurious. The spiral is tight enough that the tamper will be a great fit in most any bowl. Grading this piece a Dynasty was a no-brainer. Includes a black buckskin leather pouch by Neil Flancbaum and a laminated ownership card. Length: 4.25” Grade: Dynasty
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