Texas Horned Frog
“Texas Horned Frog” life size carving by unknown carver on moose antler. Often referred to as horned toad or horned toad, it is neither, but a horned lizard. Well known as the mascot of TCU, the horned frog is endangered today in many parts of the Southwest.Note the detail of the eyes: inlaid gold lip mother of pearl and jet. The detail on this is simply outstanding.
The material used for this fine carving is North American moose antler. This antler is collected from the forests of North America, all across Siberia to Scandinavia. The male of this species (Alces alces) grows and sheds a new pair of massive antlers every year. It is the largest of the deer family and its numbers are stable and thriving. Therefore, there are no restrictions on trade in this antler. It is a beautiful, solid, renewable carving material.