Michael Smith Gallery

Wounaan Tagua Carvings

The Wounaan Indian artists, who live in the Darién Rainforest in Panamà, carve the tagua nut (also called vegetable ivory) Read more.

into things they have seen in the rainforest such as frogs, eagles, hummingbirds. They carved the nut with hand tools and then paint it with commercial paints and detailed with Indian inks. Back.