Adaba

'Adaba' - Ronald Taylor carved this in the 1990's, from banya wood. It is a small sculpture that represents a special Amerindian frog that was used to rub on the skin in order to bring good luck. The upper, hooked part of the carving symbolises the tiger bird, which 'protects the hunter and the fisherman'. The tiger bird lives on a particular fruit tree that grows in the river marshlands where fish is plentiful. A small sculpture of very smooth dark wood topped by the head and beak of a bird, with a humanoid (or possibly frog) face below. 'R. Taylor' is carved into the base of the sculpture.

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