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Asian Antiques1983 of 3410Old Silver Chinese Dragon Ladle with Spoons. Need more help in identifying these!TWO BLUE AND WHITE  PORCELIN FIGURINES
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Posted 2 years ago

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Phatbuddha
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A Chinese jade Picture of the 12 Signs of the zodiac
I think it's made to look old but I don't think it is. It's a nice big piece. Haven't got a clue what the writing says. if someone could Translate it I will take a better photo.

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  1. davezquanw davezquanw, 2 years ago
    I am happy to translate it for you. The last image states at the bottom "Warring States period 475-221 BC 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac". The poor carvings of the 12 animals look like cartoon characters and far from the true skills of artisans in that era. I do not understand what you mean by "I think it's made to look old but I don't think it is". However, it is an obvious modern replica made to look old. Whatever jade or nephrite was used to arrive at the above end product, the material tends to be low grade and in abundance. Framing such modern reproductions and dating it back nearly 2500 years ago is merely a marketing gimmick. With the Taoism symbol in the middle, it is very likely a tourist and decorative piece, but definitely no antique.
  2. Phatbuddha Phatbuddha, 2 years ago
    Thanks for your info. That's what I tho :)

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