When gum is dug from the ground, it usually has an oxidised crust (right). The first step in polishing is to scrape off the crust using a knife until solid gum is revealed. This pendant has been polished on all sides – but often only one side of a piece is done, so the rough side shows through as an interesting background texture.
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