This fat hippo is really well carved and polished. This is a vintage item but has no visible chips or scratches. Numbers etched into his feet underneath. The malachite is a very good green.
Malachite is a beautiful decorative stone. Its rich, patterned coloration in shades of green is unique among gems. Malachite’s low hardness makes it easy to work, though it still takes a polish very well. These qualities, combined with ready availability, make malachite a popular choice for lapidary artistry