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Posted 4 years ago


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I have 4 large figurines and 1 tiny one..I have had them for about 40 years myself and they came from someone else who had them for a number of years....I do not know too much about them only that they are really detailed and I think they are beautiful...I would really like to know more on these so if anyone can give me some information I would appreciate it. They are between 6 1/2" to 7 " tall.

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  1. jwendell222 jwendell222, 4 years ago
    The four large pieces appear to be of molded resin. They are not ivory or bone and have too much color to be ivory alabaster. A hot needle test will sort this out. Heat a needle point in a candle flame until it glows red and push it into the material on the bottom of the base where it will not show. Molded resin will pit, alabaster will not. The lady is a lighter color, could be alabaster. Remember, needle test where a pit will not show, bottom of the base. A magnifying glass to examine the test point may be a help.
  2. favoritecokebottle favoritecokebottle, 4 years ago
    Thank you jwendell222 for your comment....I had done that years ago and it doesn't go through or pit...Can you tell me anything else about age or where they came from...I have had them over 40 years and would really like to know about them.

  3. jwendell222 jwendell222, 4 years ago
    Hi Marge, curious that the material doesn’t pit, so it’s probably a darker alabaster or another variety of stone. The figures are forms of the Japanese Seven lucky Gods. On the left, Ebisu, holding a carp, third from left Hotei, sometimes called the Laughing Buddha. The other two forms I’m not sure of as there are a number of variations. The origins for this mythology are China, India, and Japan. These figures were very likely made in Italy, strange as that may seem. If I can identify the other two, I’ll get back to you, Jim
  4. favoritecokebottle favoritecokebottle, 3 years ago
    Jim....Thank you for the info on these...I appreciate it. Marge
  5. favoritecokebottle favoritecokebottle, 3 years ago
    Sorry I haven't been on....I would appreciate any comments...I know they are of the Japanese Gods and made of Alabaster....
  6. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi Marge, I posted pictures of 5 resin based figures two days ago. Three of them are identical to yours and came from the same molds, but with a surface treatment and/or different resin. Mine have small gold labels on the base which identifies them. Yours may or may not have been imported by Action, but probably were. Check them out and let me know what you think. I did not realize when I commented on yours earlier that we had identical figures. Regards, Jim
  7. favoritecokebottle favoritecokebottle, 3 years ago
    Jim...mine have no labels on the bottom at all...One of them has a rough bottom like someone was chopping it and it is uneven...What is Action? I have never heard of them.I appreciate anything you can help me with. Marge
  8. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi Marge, click on my username, it will take you to all of my posts. The newest one will explain Action for you. I have a couple more figures that I believe are Action, but the labels are gone, or it may be that someone else was importing figures and did not label them. That could be the case with yours. Let me know what you think, best wishes, Jim

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