Featured Chinese ivory carving

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Jal, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Jal

    Jal Member

    Hi from Barcelona city!!!,
    Some months ago I bought this figure, and I would like an opinion on this statue carved on ivory and painted. I have been looking for a similar carved figure, but I don't found nothing. It seems Chinese, but I'm not sure.
    I would like to know the age of it?


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  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    no idea of size.....ivory is not yet a certainty..
  5. Jal

    Jal Member

  6. Jal

    Jal Member

    Any idea of the age?? arround 1900??
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  7. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    I think showing the bottom would help :)
  8. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I see what look like schreger lines..but am not familiar with ivory being so painted.
  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    is celuloid a possibility...
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  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is a gorgeous little figurine, Jal.
    I see ivory-like lines in this part:

    My guess is a 19th century carving of a Tang dynasty musician on horseback. The style of the horse and the clothing are of the Tang period, the figurine is obviously not Tang, but is inspired by the period.

    About the figure:
    "The musician is playing a paixiao panpipe representing one member of a marching ensemble called guchuiyue ("drumming-and-blowing music"), which included panpipes, horns and drums."
    The one on the site is ceramic, Tang dynasty:

    Here is another one, also ceramic, possible Sui-Tang period:
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  12. Silver Wolf

    Silver Wolf Well-Known Member

    it's beautiful thing you have!i want it:angelic::angelic:
  13. Jal

    Jal Member

    Dear Any Jewelry,
    Thank you for your dating and description, you knowledge is incredible!!
    I’m very happy with the item because it is very well carved, the ivory have a nice patina, and is not usual to see this kind of painted ivory figures. I’m going to up more pics for helping.
    Thanks again, very good information!!!
  14. Jal

    Jal Member

  15. Jal

    Jal Member

    Dear Any jewelry,
    And have you any idea about why the paint is missing in many parts?? Is it for the past of the time, for touching it?
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  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Pleasure, Jal. It is a beautiful piece and probably pretty rare.
    Yes, simply age-related wear of a kind of paint that wasn't so durable in those days. For collectors that is a good sign.
  17. Jal

    Jal Member

    Dear Any jewelry,

    Thanks again! is beautiful know the histori of the items.

  18. JayBee

    JayBee Active Member

    This looks like a arts and crafts piece, no particular value. "Fake ivory" I would say or maybe bone (the veins don't look like plastic or resin or some sort of synthetic plaster/material.)
    The stamp on the bottom (it's not very clear, quite washed out, especially the second character, but,) looks like "hege" (合格) which goes for "qualified" or "up to standard" meaning that it passed quality control inspection and has no defects and can be packaged and sent to retailer shops.
  19. Jal

    Jal Member

    Thanks for your opinion Jaybee, but I prefere the opinion of Any Jewelry, he shown us a better knoledge about the material and the meaning of this item than you.

  20. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Wouldn't this item have to have been handled quite a lot for this type of wear to the paint to the paint to occur.
    To me the wear seems forced, & scuffed in a uni-directional way.

    & the Schreger lines on the base seem to be going in more directions than they should.
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