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#107 Answer from Kovelskovels.com 2017-09-22 14:00
Yes, you are correct, it's a decorated Fungus! Thank you for participating!
#106 fungus artantqlvr 2017-09-22 00:33
A fungus art piece, date looks like 48 or 41 hard to read it. the 2nd # is blurry
#105 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!souprgyrl 2017-09-21 19:42
It's a scenery carved on a " conk" mushroom
#104 Fungus ArtHbray 2017-09-21 15:24
Yes, it is fungus art. When you take the fungus off the tree the underbelly of the fungus is very sensitive to touch. We would take them down carefully, flip them over, etch a picture on the underside, and then let them dry. The etching damages the soft underside and the fungus turns black where it was etched. They do last forever but your drawing needs to be good or else your mom will pitch it when you aren't paying attention! :>)
#103 Tree Fungus PaintingLilypad13037 2017-09-21 15:07
It's a painting on a tree fungus.
#102 Sea Shellhappymemory 2017-09-21 14:52
It is a decorated sea shell. Probably a souvenir.
#101 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!Xulyxuky 2017-09-21 14:29
Etched whale vertebra
#100 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!GrammaJenn 2017-09-21 14:04
It appears to be a "scrimshaw-type " picture on a piece of fungus that was attached to bark on a tree. I'm guessing it was done with pen and ink.
#99 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!Sally 2017-09-21 13:59
This odd object I believe is an incised drawing on a piece of bracket fungus or "artist's fungus."
#98 A Fungus Amongusjcwollin 2017-09-21 13:41
This is a "shelf" or "bracket" fungus (mushroom) which you will find commonly growing out of a dead tree trunk or stump. They can reach a foot across and are quite hard. This one has had the surface color scratched away into a design- like scrimshawed ivory and probably sold in a tourist shop long ago (date unreadable).. The dried artwork lasts a long time. Call it "Mushroom Art".

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