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  1. Hi, this is one of the 18 arhats (luohans), holy men who followed Buddha, shown with a foo dog. For more, Google 'luohan with foo dog'. Regards, Jim
  2. Hi, This piece could be a calligrapher's water dropper, used with an ink stone for grinding ink stick into ink. With a volume of half a pint, the size is right. It occurs to me that it could also be ...
  3. Hi, your interesting bracelet depicts two dragons contesting ownership of a 'flaming pearl', the source of the dragons power. A popular theme in Chinese art both ancient and modern, the flaming pearl...
  4. Hi, mark reads top down and right to left: Great Qing, Qianlong (1736 - 95), Period Make. The Q is pronounced 'Ch'. This is a very popular mark on modern production, which this piece is. Regards, Jim
  5. Hi rugoing, we now have additional data and may be able to identify the specific rank, but a clear closeup of the badge is needed, Thanks, Jim
  6. Hi Lisa, inspired by your last comment, I went back to the books, not much faith in AAF, besides, it takes forever, my post probably won’t be published until Monday. A Mandarin square, also known as...
  7. Hi Lisa, point well taken, the Dragon Throne has been synonymous with the Chinese emperor for over two centuries. I looked at portraits of more than thirty seated emperors, no elephants. However, the ...
  8. What are you people doing up at this hour? I's 2:30 A.M. here in Texas. My excuse is I'm not sleepy. Good morning, Jim
  9. Hi Fran, this is Japanese. Don't recognize the mark, but the figures are slightly comical representations of the Seven Lucky Gods. That's Fukurokuju with the domed head. The chap with the sword is Bis...
  10. Hi Jason, I think this is a modern production of a fantasy katana. Regards, Jim
  11. Hi this is probably a Chinese emperor portrait, or possibly an official of very high rank, but I'd bet on emperor. Regards, Jim
  12. Hi DrFluffy and Rose, thank you for the love, and best wishws, Jim
  13. Hi, the small set (3") is listed on eBay at $90. buy it now. Serch: Kutani 7 Lucky Gods. The single Hotei is listed about $100 - $400. Search: Moriage Kutani Hotei. Hope this helps, Jim
  14. Hi Lisa, thanks so much, that's high praise from a sophisticated collector. Warmest regards, Jim
  15. Hi racer4four, SEAN68 , mikelv85, vetraio50, aghcollect,. idcloisonne, thank you all very much for the love and comments. Best wishes yo all, Jim.
  16. Hi, very nice collection. You have them dated a little early though, as moriage came into use in the Meiji era (1868 - 1912) and continued into the Taisho. It was generally discontinued after that due...
  17. Hi, this is one of two swords (katana or wakazishi) that would have been carried by a Japanese samurai, and so should be listed as Japanese rather than Chinese. There is no scale in the photos to dete...
  18. Hi Laura, your statue is called the Standing Buddha, of which there are very many styles, frequently differentiated by the position of the hands. It is finished in gilt and polychrome, and conservate...
  19. Hi Laura, this is the Chinese goddess of mercy Quan Yin, seated on a shi shi lion (foo dog). She is holding in her right hand a Ru Yi (as you wish) scepter. The seal, rotated 90 degrees clockwise rea...
  20. Hi, there may be marks or Asian characters on the bottom of some. If so, you can use the edit feature on the upper left to replace photox with marks. Good luck, Jim
  21. Hi Tom, usually it's not a good idea to make jusdgements about jadeite based on photos alone, but in this case I feel pretty comfortable. Try laying the figure on it's side, and with a large needle an...
  22. Hi, this four character mark is Chinese, Qianlong Reign, 1736 - 1795, in the Qing dynasty. It reads top down and right to left: Qianlong Period Make. Missing are two more right hand characters, 'Great...
  23. Hi, the material is not jadeite, one of the two forms of jade. I can't tell from the photos if it is stone or composition. It may be intended to represent Quan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy, holdi...
  24. Hi Racer, the theme is not a geisha serving a client. Far from it. This is Kannon (Quan Yin in Chinese), the very popular Asian goddess of mercy, shown with four rakans or arhats, holy men, hence the...
  25. Such images are called lithophanes, and are usually women with geisha hairstyles.
  26. Hi, this is a Mexican wood and bone set. Many of these sets were turned on primitive foot powered lathes. For more varieties of this type of set, go here: http://www.chess-museum.com/mexican-bone-che...
  27. Hi, this site cuts to the the chase, hope this heps, regards, Jim http://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/347k/redesign/gem_notes/jade/jade_main.htm
  28. Hi, this vase has a six character Jingdezhen mark as does the similar vase you posted a month ago. I am curious as to the meaning of the two right hand characters. I have a pair of Jingdezhen vases, G...
  29. Hi, apologies to vetraio, I did not realise he had posted the Siwa connection in Comment 5. This pair is Rama and his wife Sita ( also Sitra) from the 3000 year old Indian epic Ramayana. Mike, I've no...
  30. Hi Mike, very nice restoration. It’s similar to a piece I found about two years ago. I taggad mine as Tara, even though the crown doesn’t have five stars, While researching again after seeing yours, ...
  31. Well hi Rose, and thank you very much, best, Jim
  32. Hi Rose, the shi shi lions are considerably more Chinese than Japanese, but the colors do suggest Japan. This is a piece thats easy to likr. Best wishes, Jim
  33. Hi, best chance for a guestimate is an eBay search: use 'blue Chinese vase' for a few hundred hits, Good luck, Jim
  34. Hi, these are Chinese, based on the diaper, the patten around the edge at the top of the first vase, and it's patterns. The red seals are likely typical Chinese export approvals. Is the second piece a...
  35. Hi, the mark is for Kutani, the two kanji reading left to right 'Ku Tani', literaly Nine Valleys, an area in Japan with several hundreds kilns. The usual mark reads top down or right to left. The read...
  36. Hi, These figures are Chinese, the one on the left is a Buddhist lohan (holy man): http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/displayimage.php?pid=502 The figure in the center is Shou with one of his many a...
  37. Hi Manikin, can't say for sure. There are pillows attributed to Japan, like this one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/161712438/japanese-porcelain-head-rest-circa-1930s There are many more attributed t...
  38. Hi Manikin, very nice to hear from you. They are generally more Chinese than Japanese and the hollow cast one piece more common than the two piece. I posted a bamboo pillow some time ago, and the seco...
  39. Hi, please don't be miffed. not a good state. Simply Google 'Japanese porcelain head rest. Best wishes, Jim
  40. Hi, I guess that's a lion, not a dragon, my bad. J.
  41. Hi, what you have is a complete device that, if original, would have been worn by a samurai to contain money, tobacco, and other small items. The ivory dragon is a netsuke, the large bead is an ojime,...
  42. She's modern, wearing a robe adorned with modified Shou symbols. Shou is the Chinese god of longevity. Any marks on the base? If so it would be helpful to post them. You have two more pictures availab...
  43. Hi Bob, sandalwood is a good guess, but could be bamboo, definitely not zitan. Looked at Daysi's, both may have come from the same shop or carver.. Can't tell if hers is zitan or not. Zitan is very de...
  44. Hi Lou, of interest, the symbol in the bottom left of figure three is a torii, a gate which marks the boundary betwen the profane and the sacred. Usually found at the entrance to a Shinto shrine, or o...
  45. Hi Mick, no idea. If you are in an urban area, the best bet would be to take it around to antique shops or malls and look for opinions or offers, which you don't have to take. You will not likely get ...
  46. If it turns out to be of the period that will be money well spent. Best wishes for good luck, Jim
  47. Hi Celtic, the mark, which you have correctly oriented, reads top down and right to left 'Great Qing Hsien Feng (Xianfeng) Period Make'. The Xianfeng reign, in the Qing Dynasty, lasted from 1851 to 18...
  48. Hi ho2, long time no talk. Is it glass or possibly crystal? Lotta difference in weight and value. It seems very nicely done. Regards, Jim
  49. Hi Colett, no need to tell you how beautiful this is, but in case you aren't aware of the significance of the symbolism, the dragons are facing the 'flaming pearl', deeply rooted in Chinese myth. Ther...
  50. Hi Heather, high end poecelain from mid 20th century on. eBay search using 'ACF porcelain' provided 193 hits. Google search with the same term produced enough hits for hours of research. Good luck and...
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