Hand Crafted by Africa
Width: 6 inches
Length: 8 inches
Height: 11 inches
This decoupage egg has two dolphin's jumping out of the sea, with the blue sky on top of the egg. The egg is attached to the molded stand, which is made out of resin and is an ostrich head that is curved around the egg. Decoupage is the art of cutting and pasting cutouts to simulate paintings on a wood, metal, glass or in this case egg surface. Each egg takes 27 days to decorate, with several coats of lacquer applied to acquire the high gloss finish. First the background is painted once it is dried a few coats of lacquer are applied with a light sanding between each layer, then the decoupage images are applied, several more layers of lacquer are applied with a light sanding between each, the egg is finished with some gold accents. By applying the art to the egg in this way it gives the egg a multi-dimensional appearance instead of a flat appearance.
All about Egg decoration.
The decorating of eggs (eggery) is a time honored tradition that has been around for hundreds of years.
Eggery is the art of decorating hatchery shells in the style of the famous Faberge egg. Carl Faberge, the father of modern-day egg decorating, used precious metals such as silver, gold, copper and nickel to construct an egg-shaped figure, then decorated them with rubies, diamonds and emeralds.
Over the last 3 centuries many cultures have developed endless methods of decorating eggs. The Moravian and Ukrainian (Pysanky) batik-designed egg patterned geometric fantasies, and their designs differ according to region or origin.
The practice of decorating ostrich eggs dates back centuries, and originated with the San or Bushmen who live in dessert regions, for them the egg symbolizes life, not just because an egg is a sign of fertility, but because the eggs were used as vessels to carry and store water, which in itself is life sustaining but when in a dessert region critical.
The custom of decorating eggs has many associations. The art of eggery did not begin with the Easter egg, although we don't know who the first decorator was, we do know that painted eggs as edible gifts were given by a Chinese chieftain in 722 B.C. to celebrate spring fertility festivals.
About the Ostrich.
The ostrich Struthio camelus is a large flightless bird native to Africa (and formerly the Middle East). It is the only living species of its family. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 74 km/h (46 mph), the top land speed of any bird. The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any bird species.
The diet of the ostrich mainly consists of plant matter, though ostriches do eat insects. The ostrich lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and 50 birds. When threatened, the ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can cause injury and death with a kick from its powerful legs.
Bottle nose Dolphins are mammals.
Bottle nose dolphins nurse their calves with milk from mammary glands of the mothers.
Bottle nose Dolphins can swim up to 260 m. below the surface of the ocean.However they need quick access to air in the surface, therefore bottle nose dolphins usually are shallow divers and close to the surface.
Bottle nose Dolphins can stay up to 15 minutes under water. However bottle nose dolphins usually stay only a few minutes diving.
Bottle nose Dolphins use a technique called echolocation to find food and navigate. This technique is performed by sending ultrasounds through the water which is bounced back to the dolphin and then is detected by the dolphin in an organ called mellon which decodes the message very much like a sonar.
Bottle nose Dolphins are social beings.
Bottle nose dolphins cooperate among each to get food. To do this, they work in teams to optimize the effort of hunting. They also cooperate for calf rising, when usually one dolphin helps the mother to take care of the calves, very much like a midwife.
The bottle nose dolphin can grow up to 2.8 meters. While there are some other smaller species, there are some species much bigger like the killer whale.
Bottle nose Dolphins are warm-blooded. Their internal temperature is around 36 degrees. To keep this temperature they are surrounded by a thick layer of fat called “blubber” just below the skin. This fat, allow dolphins to resist cold temperatures and regulate their body temperature.
The average bottle nose dolphin brain weighs 1500-1600 grams.
If this is compared with the average human brain which weighs between 1200-1300 grams. Bottle nose dolphin brain is larger, however this is not a conclusive evidence of dolphin intelligence as many other factors might be the cause of intelligence according to scientists, however this brain capacity is a clear indication that dolphins have at least the potential of higher intelligence.
Bottle nose Dolphins are great communicators. They can make a unique signature whistle that may help individual dolphins recognize each other or perform any other kind of communication still unknown. Dolphins even make noises so loud that can stunt fish.
Bottle nose dolphins can swim 5 to 12 kilometers per hour. Although they can reach up to 32 km/h.