A carved vase of hardwood native to Uzbekistan shows the strong relationship in aesthetics between Middle Eastern Persian or Iranian design and that of the Uzbeks of Central Asia. This piece is the product of an Uzbek family woodcarving business run by the family matriarch, herself a second generation woodcarver. Although the business mainly produces large ornately carved furniture for the local market in Uzbekistan, family members take great delight in creating small, carefully carved, time-consuming items such as this. Relief carving around the perimeter was done by hand. (See another vase from this family workshop, our inventory # 24-04.) The hardwood container holds water so can be put to the same use as a ceramic vase. It was made in the mid-1990s and is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 8-1/2" (22 cm), diameter 3" (8 cm).