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Horn and Bone Condiment Dish – Salt Pot Elephant

Horn and Bone Condiment Dish – Salt Pot Elephant

$23.00
SKU: HDiBoCge
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This small horn and bone condiment dish or salt pot is hand made in Kenya.  Bone and horn from cows or camels is cleaned,  batiked and carved into unique dishes.  The cover is made to fit and a hand carved animal ornament is added for a handle.  The tiny bone spoon is kept above the contents through a slit in the lid.

Each is unique.  This dish measures  approximately 1.1″ in height, 1.8″  in diameter.

Solomon and a small group of workers can be found in a small shed on the outskirts of Nairobi.  There they produce items from Brass, Horn and Bone.  Small smelting fires and grinding wheels form and shape condiment dishes, bowls, small spoons, rings and bracelets.

No forms or assembly lines.  Just each worker doing their part. This assures that though patterns are repeated no two items are ever exactly the same.

The condiment dishes are perfect for salt, pepper, chili pepper and other herbs and spices for use at the table.  Picture your next pizza party and pass the rhino holding the Parmesan, the elephant holding the powdered garlic, and a giraffe with the salt.

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    This small horn and bone condiment dish or salt pot is hand made in Kenya.  Bone and horn from cows or camels is cleaned,  batiked and carved into unique dishes.  The cover is made to fit and a hand carved animal ornament is added for a handle.  The tiny bone spoon is kept above the contents through a slit in the lid.

    Each is unique.  This dish measures  approximately 1.1″ in height, 1.8″  in diameter.

    Solomon and a small group of workers can be found in a small shed on the outskirts of Nairobi.  There they produce items from Brass, Horn and Bone.  Small smelting fires and grinding wheels form and shape condiment dishes, bowls, small spoons, rings and bracelets.

    No forms or assembly lines.  Just each worker doing their part. This assures that though patterns are repeated no two items are ever exactly the same.

    The condiment dishes are perfect for salt, pepper, chili pepper and other herbs and spices for use at the table.  Picture your next pizza party and pass the rhino holding the Parmesan, the elephant holding the powdered garlic, and a giraffe with the salt.

    Remember FREE SHIPPING in the continental United States

     

     

    The Batik Process was originally developed as a way to apply a pattern to fabric. An ancient process, batiked cloth was found wrapped around mummies in Egypt. The fabric dated around 4 BC! The process eventually found its way to Africa.

    It is a reverse process with wax applied to a pattern or drawing on fabric. The fabric is then dyed. Dyes were originally and still are often of natural materials such as bark, sap, ashes, plant extracts. Later synthetic dyes entered the process. The wax resists the dye and the fabric accepts the dye. It is rather like painting in reverse. To apply an additional color the wax is removed from the area to be dyed and applied to the area that is to remain. Then the fabric is dyed again. The process is repeated until the drawing or pattern is complete.

    Once the process traveled to Africa, it began to be applied to other materials. As is the practice of subsistence tribes, everything is used, that includes the bones of animals slaughtered for food. Bone is strong, lightweight, long lasting, easily carved, and can be polished to a high sheen.

    The bones can be allowed to bleach in the sun and age or they can be bleached using a dye and heat method. The heat is considered by some to make the bone more absorbent for dyeing.

    Bone is then carved into the desired shape for the condiment dish. A bottom is inserted into the hollow bone and a lid carved to fit. As each bone is unique, each dish carved separately, each dish is shaped with a unique style.

    Designs can be carved into the bone or painted on with clear beeswax. It is often applied to the hot bones and allowed to sink into the bone creating a finish that the dye cannot penetrate.

    Once the design is ready the bead is placed in a dye bath. The amount of time in the dye depends upon the desired result. Finally the wax is removed and the condiment dish polished. It is now ready for years of use.

    Batiked Bone products are now primarily made in Ghana and Kenya of cow or camel bone

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