it's most definitely thai fruit carving art. while it is possible that someone not thai is responsible for this particular piece, the carving has that distinctive thai style. fruit carving is something that thai people are famous for, they have a unique way of doing it, and when you're used to seeing them enough you will be able to recognize it. it's a very respected, traditional art form.
try searching for - thai fruit carving, or thai vegetable carving - or something similar, check the image results and you will see examples of it.
YES! AOE! I coudn't recall the name to save my life, but that little place rocks, too. All in all, though, I ain't proud. Although I adore the local indie places and support them as much as I can, I make regular appearances at the local Micheals and MallWart, too, thoroughly seduced by their cheapo prices.
Does anyone else remember the old Pearl store in Tampa? I believe it was on Dale Mabry - it was the classic overcrowded, jumbled art supply store that had EVERYTHING you could want if only you could find it and the coolest art-student employees ever. And then they tore it down to build the new, ugly, Wal-Mart-esque Pearl there is now. The store has been devoured by stinky silk flowers! *stamps foot* I miss the old Pearl...
Now it's all overpriced and bleh. Micheal's is poo.
I think I do. I think that's when I swore by Pearl. Michaels is not ALL poo. There's some treasure in the poo. I promise. That's why I hop between Michaels, Pearl, AOE [near USF, excellent little art store], and Joann Fabrics. Oh, and, uh, Walmart and such places.