African Kisii Stone Giraffe Box

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WN5964042
Special Price $9.99 Regular Price $48.00
Near the shore of Lake Victoria, Kenyan artisans transform local kisii stone, or soapstone, into this oval-shaped giraffe box. The African artisans use a panga or broad-blade knife to hand-carve the stone, then sand and polish each piece to a smooth luster. To finish, each kisii stone box is engraved with a giraffe scene and painted with handmade dyes to achieve the unique colors and designs. No two pieces will be exactly alike. Approximately 4 inches by 3 inches.
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