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Wood sculpture, 'Diving Duck' (Indonesia)

This sleek duck cautiously surveys the water before diving in. Artisan Supriyanto of Java carves the whimsical creature by hand from sustainable bamboo root and acacia wood. A natural finish shows off the rich natural grain of the two woods. Ducks play a vital role in the ecology of wet-rice agriculture in Java as in Bali. The ducks are herded into the fields well prior to harvest time to eat algae and insect pests, as well as fertilize the fields with their droppins well prior to harvest time to eat algae and insect pests, as well as fertilize the fields with their droppings. It is important to keep them away from ripening fields though, so that they do not eat the rice itself! read more