Chinese stone carved little box. Type of stone and age help

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  1. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    This little box is 3 1/2" x 2" x 2" Carved out from a solid piece.
    It is marked China With a symbol over it, so it puts it into the 20th century or later?
    Tell me it's jade and my $4.00 USD was a great buy lol.
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  2. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Does it have a silky or soapy feel? If so, it is soapstone. Fairly easy to carve stone.
  3. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    An, if not...does a steel point scratch it? Nephrite an' Jadeite are harder'n the hubs of Hell.
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  4. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Just need to qualify that as Nephrite is 6 to 6.5 Mohs and hardened steel can be 7.5 mohs and a nail can be 6.5 Mohs - so are capable of scratching nephrite. Just pointing out you need to be careful with the materials when doing scratch tests.
  5. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

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  6. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    There are also lots of other hardstones used for carvings which can look similar to jade, if you google 'Chinese green hardstone' you will find plenty of examples. These are much harder than soapstone and used for decorative carvings and items. As a specific example checkout Duan Stone which was highly prized and used for scholars inkstones.
  7. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone!
    @Ce BCA can you make out the mark above the word China. Just the one symbol.
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  8. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    文 Wen - probably meant as 'work of art' in this context
  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Might be shaoshan.
  10. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Agreed...a judiciously chosen spot in an existing crease or other hidden place, an' the smallest mark possible.
  11. kentworld

    kentworld Well-Known Member

    LOL, that's a diminutive of my name that some people use. I wouldn't describe myself as a "work of art" though!
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  12. hunt2

    hunt2 Member

    defently soapstone used widely in chinese art because it is easier to carve than real jade.
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