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ivory7 of 30Little bacchante, chryselephantine by Georges Omerth.Ivory carved snuff bottle
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    Posted 7 years ago

    surfdub66
    (460 items)

    How do you tell??
    Ivory or bone ??
    Picked up at the local recycling centre for 20p...!
    It's definatly not plastic ! & cold to touch..
    All carved by someone very skilled I would say .
    No markings on it that I can see yet .
    As you can see it's not round but an odd ovalish shape & slightly thicker at the base than the top! And smaller in diameter..
    It's roughly 5" h x 2 1/2- 3" across the top..& hollow right through ?
    Does anyone e know what it could be used for or is it just an ornamental object ??
    The patterns are a dragon and what looks like a gecko !!
    I love it ! Any thoughts ?????
    I'll add a picture of a mark I found in another post !!

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    Comments

    1. bbqrare, 7 years ago
      piece of hollow elephant ivory tusk, even the shape is original, the lines inside have that criss cross thing. see what the rest says. Chinese maybe.
    2. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Wooohhhh! No doubt it is ivory, as Bbqrare pointed you can see the Schreger lines in pic2!
    3. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your loves
      Vetraio50
      Bbqrare
      Manikin
      Karenoke
      Bratjdd
      Blunderbuss2
      Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse
      Kyratango
      Mikelv85
    4. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Thanks bbqrare for that info !very much appreciated ! Df
    5. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Thankyou kyratango for confirming bbqrares comments ! Sd
    6. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      It's incredible SD! I'm so glad it was not destroyed and you saved it.
      There are very strict laws about ivory these days, so if you got a receipt of purchase, keep it for provenance.
    7. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Many thanks racer4four for your cool comments ..
      I didn't think about a receipt..
      I'll ask when I next go back !! Thanks
    8. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Thank you lovelypat for your love ;-)

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