This Upward Facing Dog has been handmade in our studio in Italy. The intricate and traditional carving skills have been passed down over several generations in a small town in the ‘heel’ of Italy. The ancient rare stone is called ‘Pietra Leccese’, a beautiful limestone found only in southern Italy. It is formed from the accumulation of many layers over 6 million years and contains shell, coral and algal fossils. This can result in the creation exhibiting quite a lot of shades of white. The stone is not treated nor manipulated but carved in its beautiful raw state, so the finished sculpture can also be rich in what may seem like insignificant bright white/grey lines, flecks or semicircles but these are in reality precious fossils. Color variations, the presence of small fossils and any minor carving imperfections ensure that no 2 pieces are the same. This is not a conveyor belt plaster of Paris Made in China creation. This can be a piece of Italian history, heritage and beauty. The discolorings in the stone are simply proof of the stone’s history and authenticity. Minor imperfections tell you it was once entirely handmade. Dogs symbolise unconditional love, devotion, friendship, protection and loyalty. A nice gift for the animal lover in your life but also a thoughtful gift for many occasions. Each animal comes carefully packaged in an elegant gift box which includes the stone’s background and English and Italian statements highlighting that the creation was once entirely handmade in Italy. We also include a lovely blank message card to be able to write in your own words what you need to say with this one-of-a-kind creation and another card with a map of Italy showing exactly where the animal was once ‘born’. The animal is nicely presented in the gift box in a small cellophane bag and then secure by coloured shredded paper which comes in a lot of random colors. Please note, photos are for reference only. Each item is handmade so there may be slight variations in color and size.