Pink Ivory Bowl # 7256
Pink Ivory bowl 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" x 3"
PINK IVORY - (Berchemia zeyheri) Pink Ivory wood known as the "royal wood" of the Zulus Tribe as only full-fledged members of the Zulu Kingdom's royal family were officially allowed to possess it back in the 1800's. It's rumored that any non-royal entity (foreigners included) found in possession of Pink Ivory would face the death penalty. This is not a true fact but a plan to drive up the price, which worked very well.
Pink Ivory is especially favored nowadays by carvers and turners, and is typically used to make smaller-sized items such as bowls, pool cue butts, chess pieces, golf putters, knife handles, and game calls; it is also popular for inlay and marquetry work. Pink Ivory blanks are usually on the narrower side because the trees — found predominantly in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique — rarely produce trunks wider than a foot in diameter (the trees reach heights of about 20 to 40 feet).
This wood is one of the rarest woods in the world.