Michael Binkley carved this charming, put a smile on your face female torso from a beautiful piece of nephrite jade that was quarried near Lake Baikal in Russia. This variety of stone has tones of brown and white and has the appearance of a caramel candy. The sculpture is mounted on a circular black granite base with a brightly polished brass rod.
Binkley polished the surfaces to a high gleam, so one can see one’s reflection in the stone. Nephrite jade is translucent, so the edges of the sculpture appear to glow when lit with bright light. Nephrite jade is also extremely hard – harder than steel, so carving this stone takes long hours.
The form of the figure is quite generous of hips and buttocks with narrow shoulders. Binkley has carried a lovely curve from the top of the figure’s sternum, down the belly and into the fronts of the thighs. The small breasts fall away from each other dramatically.