Peruvian Mate Gourd Partridges

Our Peruvian artist transforms natural mate gourds into endearing partridge bird sculptures. Once the gourds have dried, she meticulously details the eyes, wings and feathers by hand with a burin. The designs are finished using a pyrography technique that involves a special burning instrument. The unique coloration for each section depends on the strength and length of the fine flame - no dyes are used. Set of 3, 7.5 in x 13in.
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