Starting with a hand carved life size skull, made from Siberian jet (a fossil rock comprised of carbonized organics, same as coal) it has been painstakingly fitted with natural turquoises in tight mosaic style. The lighter blue green that makes up most of the piece is from the Fox mine in northern Nevada. There are several tiles of other turquoise as well, including apple green Carico Lake, yellow Orvil Jack, a bit of Hubei from China and some odd Nevada veracities.
The chompers are hand made from high quality electric blue turquoise from 2 Arizona mines....Kingman and Sleeping Beauty. The gold tooth is 22 karat gold.
Measures 5.5” X 6.5” X 8.5”
Total time to produce this one-of-kind artwork was over 2 months and several thousand carats of natural American turquoise on display here.