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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I have owned this since the late 1980's. It was found at a facility that was Japanese owned and Japanese people would come over from Japan and spend much time there enjoying themselves. I don't know what type of marble, stone or material it is made of and what it actually depicts. It is really beautiful. I hope you can see the details and colors that run through it. I don't know anything else about it. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      It looks like they were copying 'Meerschaum'. It looks like it is combining Western and Eastern elements.
    2. CindyR, 7 years ago
      Thank you...I will research that, but in a quick research I see it is made of Sepiolite meerschaum ( i/?m??r???m/ MEER-shawm or /?m??r??m/ MEER-sh?m, German for foam of the sea) is a soft white clay mineral, often used to make tobacco pipes...which this is a hard almost marble type material with bluish colored lines go through it...but thanks you gave me a great starting point!
    3. ponchodaddy85, 6 years ago
      I have this exact same pipe looks old and very heavy. intricately and very ornately carved did you ever find out more about it
    4. CindyR, 6 years ago
      Ponchodaddy85....Other than what was posted above, I haven't found anything else out. Meershaum is soft and mine is very hard type of marble or something like it and it does have some weight to it. I was really hoping to find out more! I would love to see pics of yours! I have never seen another one like it! Do you know anything about yours?
    5. ponchodaddy85, 6 years ago
      Mine is the same as yours I was thinking marble or maybe even ivory. I know nothing either.

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