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What is the difference between wood carving and sculpture?

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The difference between carving and sculpture is that carving is a carved object, whereas sculpture is the art of shaping figures or designs — because sculpture can involve adding material (i.e., working with plaster, creating a mold to be cast in bronze), it is considered “additive” versus the “subtractive” act of carving.
1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
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Hand Carved Gilt Gold Animal Sculpture / Wood Base Decorative Piece
Located in Tarry Town, NY
Large hand carved solid wood animal sculpture figurine with full gold leaf veneer. Intricate design
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Animal Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Hand Carved Gilt Gold Animal Sculpture / Wood Base Decorative Piece
Located in Tarry Town, NY
Large hand carved solid wood animal sculpture figurine with full gold leaf veneer. Intricate
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Paint

Unique Hand Carved Animal Sculpture Bison Made of Solid Wood
Located in Berlin, DE
Unique hand carved animal sculpture Bison made of solid wood. Lying bison, extremely finely
Category

Early 20th Century German Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Carved Wood Bear Sculpture by Sarried
By Sarried Ltd.
Located in Stamford, CT
Vintage carved wood bear sculpture by Sarreid. Please note of wear consistent with age including an
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Carved Wood Giant Crab Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful rendered, carved wood giant crab sculpture. This piece is both striking and beautiful
Category

Vintage 1970s American Folk Art Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Carved Wood Horse Head Sculpture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Hand carved sculpture of a horse head.
Category

20th Century Italian Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

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