Base 12″ x 4″ x 24″ wide x 22″ high x 1/2″.
Beautiful hand carving from the island of Rote which is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. We added a minimal black metal stand to this elephant carving with a man on top.
This carving was hand made in the spirit of Wabi Sabi, a Japanese philosophy that beauty can be found in imperfection and impermanence. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. A beauty of things unconventional. It is the opposite of vulgarity. The costs of achieving this kind of minimalism are seemingly inconsistent with its mission of aesthetic humility. This kind of luxury is for a select few. The Emperor of Japan had a wabi garden. Wabi is for people who already have a lot.