This is a hand carved malachite animal that showcases the natural beauty and variety of this green mineral. Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide that forms in the earth's crust. It has been used for centuries as a gemstone and a pigment. The malachite used for this carving comes from the Congo, where it is also shaped by skilled artisans. The Congo produces the finest quality of malachite in the world, with vivid colors and intricate patterns. This carving is a unique and elegant piece of art that will add charm and sophistication to any space.