Age or origin thoughts?

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by EZEL, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. EZEL

    EZEL Member

  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Water buffalo candle holder,unknown history.
     
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  3. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    It reminds me of some italian pieces from the 50s-60s.
     
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  4. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    What is that hole for under his chin? @EZEL
     
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  5. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    good question, it took me a while to find it!
     
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  6. Christmasjoy

    Christmasjoy Well-Known Member

    I can't find the hole under his chin !! .. Joy.
     
  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Cute. I think it is Indian (India). It doesn't strike me as tribal Indian, more like village craft.
     
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  8. Malcolm

    Malcolm Active Member

    It's an incense burner, that hole is where the air goes in to help the incense to come out.
     
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  9. EZEL

    EZEL Member

    Not sure. Malcolm says for air. Seems to make sense. Although there are no holes at top.
     
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  10. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Could the smoke come out of his nose. Now that would be cool
     
  11. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    Well, then it is not a candle holder, as mentioned earlier. So, we should see the inside to see that the top hole meets with the "air" hole to solidify the incense burner theory AND see if the smoke comes out of his nose...because we all know, that would be cool.
     
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  12. EZEL

    EZEL Member

    There is no top hole.
     
  13. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    What!? Then what IS that hole for under his ear/chin for?
     
  14. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    To let expanding air so it doesn't explode when it's fired in a kiln.
     
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  15. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    :meh: boring....
    But, thank you very much for putting an end to the growing conspiracy theory.:cool:
     
  16. Malcolm

    Malcolm Active Member

    You would not see the other end of the hole, the hole would go under where the incense burns.
     
  17. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm confused....but are there ANY holes other than the hole - or spot- under his chin? Are the nose holes pierced all the way through, or the "hole" under the chin?
    If there are no holes other than the one under the chin, then, as a ceramic item, presumably fired, it would need an air hole of some sort to avoid exploding in the kiln.
    If there is a big hole underneath, not shown in the photos, and the nose holes are pierced, then I do like the incense burner theory.
    Maybe it used to have a flat base piece, now missing; the incense sat on that, and the ox was placed over it; smoke came out the nose.
    And the spot under the chin is just a spot, not a hole? Maybe.
    A photo of the underside might confirm that.
     
  18. EZEL

    EZEL Member

    There is no hole underneath and there has never been a base. Hole must be for kiln.
     
  19. Christmasjoy

    Christmasjoy Well-Known Member

    ''Hole" or "Holes" has been mentioned 20 times and I STILL can't find the chin hole !! 21 times now LOLOLOL ... Joy. :)
     
  20. Christmasjoy

    Christmasjoy Well-Known Member

    Actually 24 times !! LOTS of "holes" ..
     
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