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This pair of genuine ebony candlesticks are from East Africa - likely Tanzania.

Standing 20cm tall, this endearing respected elderly couple are kneeling, and holding offerings or gifts of some sort...

They are genuine ebony. How can you tell?

~ The weight

~ By the intricacy of carving detail that is achievable with dense wood

~ By the colour: not jet back, and showing variation in colour at some of the outer points.(closer to the branch bark)

~ The fact that the carving is slender - true ebony is not a very thick tree - hence most ebony carvings are no wider these examples. See the example photo with cross section of ebony branch.

Both have a few clear wax drips, easily removed and have probably enriched the wood over the years.

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  • Seller location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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