In beautiful contrast to the appealing naturalistic style of animal carvings, this rabbit is carved in a simplified, almost abstract manner. The gorgeous stone is natural malachite, known for its dramatic marbling, and the artist has wisely let the stone take center stage.
A descendant of Johnnie Quam, the carver has show the rabbit sitting, with head raised high. The tail is extended, the eyes and mouth are lightly etched, the ears are laid back, and the head is very slightly turned to one side. However, the sensational streaks and swirls in the malachite make these features almost invisible, except in silhouette, on one side. On the other side, the dark green seems to outline the rabbit’s whole head, making the eye and whiskers visible in the emerald green area.
The greens of this fabled stone vary from deep and velvety, to light and bright, adding color to the motion of the markings. Polished to a high gleam, the stone is smooth and satiny, begging to be caressed.
Although malachite is a magnificent stone, in appearance, the dust is toxic and must be worked on only outdoors, so it is sparingly used and/or seen. This rabbit is beautifully carved and finished, and showcases the unique qualities of this beautiful stone.