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A9407 Emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, Australia, c. 1900. Click to enlarge.

Carved emu egg by Jonaski Takuma

Made
This is an excellent example of the late 19th century and early 20th century Australian craft of carving emu egg shells in the cameo technique for sale as gifts and ornaments. Many were subsequently set in silver or electroplated-silver mounts. This continued a colonial tradition developed in Australia by immigrant silversmiths in the early 1800s. A small number of carved eggs were taken to England and Europe in the mid-late 1800s where they were mounted in silver by local silversmiths. While …

Summary

Object No.

A9407

Object Statement

Emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, Australia, c. 1900

Physical Description

Emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, Australia, c. 1900

Emu egg shell on silver tripod stand, cameo-carved with scene of two seated bushmen beside a campfire.

Marks

`Takuma' etched on lower edge of picture.

Dimensions

Height

120 mm

Width

162 mm

Depth

114 mm

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Kevin Fahy under the Tax Incentive for the Arts Scheme, 1983

Acquisition Date

5 October 1983

Cite this Object

Harvard

Carved emu egg by Jonaski Takuma 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 May 2021, <https://ma.as/203969>

Wikipedia

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