Featured Carved paper knife or letter opener or just a thing for the sake of it

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by J Dagger, Aug 24, 2023.

  1. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Was sold as made of whale stuff but looks more like land whale stuff cut length wise? I’d guess African but not really sure who it represents? Thoughts? EDF82B3C-86CD-4BB9-96BE-2D6180AD82D1.jpeg F12703A4-DC1F-4C4F-B006-91482C100F4F.jpeg
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  2. the blacksmith

    the blacksmith Well-Known Member

    Looks more like Polynesian to me than African? Flowers in the hair and long pony tail hair.
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  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Could be Indonesian, certainly not African, with that hair.
    Ditto for Indonesia.
    Also looks like she is wearing a "slendang", a long shawl that is worn over one or both shoulders, which can double as a baby carrier shawl.
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Two Balinese girls wearing slendangs on "Toja Tirta" by Willem Gerard Hofker:

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  5. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Thanks blacksmith and AJ. Never did hear of a slendang before now. The gals in that illustration are a lot prettier than mine. I did not think it looked African per se but I thought it looked more African than anything else I could think of.

    Of a pachyderm not of a sea mammal yeh?
  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what the material is, looks like it could be cuttlebone, but I don't know if it feels like that.
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