An Indian alabaster group carved as a tiger attacking its prey, with polychrome finish, 19th century. Height 10 cm.
polychrome. Made or finished in many colours. For furniture, it is used to indicated a painted finish.
alabaster. Alabaster is soft natural stone with a similar appearance to marble, but easier to work with. As it is softer than marble, an item made from alabaster can be scratched with a metal object, and an alabaster item does not polish to a high surface gloss like marble. Alabaster objects can be semi-translucent. It occurs in a pure white form and also with veining from dirt. Colours vary from white through yellow and pink to brown. The veining is usually green or black but can be multicoloured.
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