MOTHER OF PEARL TANGRAM
Dirk from Belgium is a collector and maker of Mother of Pearl (MOP) objects. He's been kind enough to share an example of his work, a beautiful carved tangram set done by him in MOP. From his letter:
"It's carved in relief on both sides and when you make the square, the design on the different parts forms one image for each side. It measures 5cm square and has a thickness of 0,35cm. The box is also self-made. I’ve spend a long time making this tangram, I used my collection of Cantonese carved shells as inspiration for the designs. Greetings from Belgium, Dirk "
Examples like this set are quite rare as it's hard to even obtain enough quality MOP to work with. Having the skill to do the preparation and engraving is another reason you don't see them often. My thanks to Dirk for showing and sharing his wonderful work with us.