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Posted 5 months ago

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Sedgcircle
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I took this to my jeweler and he said it was brass. The figure is approximately 1 1/2 inches tall. The base is a square: 1 1/4 inches. I figured out (hopefully I am correct) that is a stamp. What I don't know is: place of origin, time period, purpose. Please assistant. Thanks.

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  1. jwendell222, 5 months ago
    Hi, looks more bronze than brass, which just means that it has a much higher copper content. The dog is actually a shi shi lion, frequently called a foo dog, and they come in pairs, male and female. They are typically Chinese, rather than Japanese.
    This one, well made, is a stamp or chop, and could be anything from an official seal to a personal signature. Go here to see more:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/80007-shi-shi-lions-aka-foo-dogs

    Regards, Jim
  2. Sedgcircle, 5 months ago
    jwendell222:
    Thanks so much. I appreciate the help.
  3. shrine shrine, 5 months ago
    It's is an analogy to the chinese official seals in Ming/Qing dynasty, but it's nowhere near the real antique. The unpolished surface and lines carved by steel tools says it all.
  4. jwendell222, 5 months ago
    Sorry Shrine, this piece of bronze was never carved. It’s made by the lost wax process and the master was most likely carved in wood. The base would be left flat, The mold from the master would be used to make the wax forms, also flat. Then a different seal could be easily carved in each form, for use by many different officials. If you download the photo, enhance and sharpen, you will see that there are no tool marks on the seal. This piece is as cast. Regards, Jim
  5. shrine shrine, 5 months ago
    oh, I was surprised this seal was made by wax mold. In that case, it could be a real thing and I would like to read the chars in hope to find out to whom it used to belong, if you could replace the blurred image.

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