This is an Occhio de Tegris stone from Sicily, with rich, subtly colored horizontal bands of mud and silt deposits. It is relatively easy to carve. Being small in size and dark, the viewer is instinctively attracted to come close to investigate. I carved two crescent shapes at the corners, which look as if they were made by a mighty hand that squeezed and indented the rock. Within the blackness these unpolished surfaces reveal one highlight and one shadow, with one cresting line and another turning inwards — meeting the darkness.