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    Posted 5 years ago

    HalloweenG…
    (16 items)

    I have had these for a long time and have always loved them.

    However, I'm not exactly certain where they were crafted, so Mesoamerican is my best guess.

    Perhaps someone knows??

    Thanks!

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    Comments

    1. welzebub, 5 years ago
      These are absolutely fabulous!!
    2. HalloweenGreene HalloweenGreene, 5 years ago
      I know, right! Timeless.

      Had fun shooting them too. Spent about half hour doing that with a single light bulb, bounced off the ceiling and long-ish exposures.
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Toltec souvenirs? I have no clue, but they are neat. :)
    4. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Fantastic photos and really do these justice.
      Are they from a type of alabaster or another stone?
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      A lot of these type of pieces are carved from soapstone, though from picture it looks like it may be alabaster.
    6. HalloweenGreene HalloweenGreene, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the photo kudos. I appreciate that.

      When putting items on eBay I have found good photos help.

      I thought the bookends were onyx but am not certain.

      Appreciate the comments.
    7. welzebub, 5 years ago
      I believe Onyx is actually correct. They appear to be White Onyx. The finish on Alabaster is generally more of a soft matte finish, and not glossy like these are.
    8. HalloweenGreene HalloweenGreene, 5 years ago
      Thanks welzebub!
    9. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Interesting. Yes, it's Meso-American. Here is one very similar, it's from the Mayan ruins of Uxmal:
      http://www.mesoweb.com/es/recursos/MNA/51.html
      It can be a copy of a Toltec statue too, they had a very big influence on the Mayan civilisation - Toltecs invaded the Mayan cities in the 10th century.
    10. HalloweenGreene HalloweenGreene, 5 years ago
      Thank you Marta!

      This was along the lines of what I had guessed but the example you provided really affirms it.

      Mystery solved!!

      Nice work Martika, I appreciate that very much indeed.

      JT
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      These are stunning!!
    12. martika martika, 5 years ago
      You are welcome! :)
    13. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Hi again. I just have a remark about the material. This isn't onyx. The real onyx is much harder, 7 on Mohs scale and more rare. It would be a real job to carve such a detailed work from onyx like your pieces. I believe PhilMorris is right - your carvings are probably made from soapstone, marble or alabaster - from some kind of soft stone. The majority of things sold as onyx in reality is not onyx, it is just a wrong labelling. Here you can read more about it:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onyx
    14. HalloweenGreene HalloweenGreene, 5 years ago
      Well alright! Thank you again, Martika for your generosity and expertise.

      I really appreciate it.

      J
    15. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Dear JT, I'm not an expert, only an enthusiast.
    16. HalloweenGreene HalloweenGreene, 5 years ago
      Honest and modest too, I might add. Lol!

      Thanks again my fine lady.

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