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    Posted 3 years ago

    dwillis0892
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    Any info on this piece? From a girl that said it was from her grandmother appears very old a beautiful carving art piece

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    1. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Try a few more pictures. :)
    2. noob, 3 years ago
      The curving shape of the figure is meant to imply that it was carved from an ivory tusk, so the first thing to determine is whether it really is ivory. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/antiquesfyi/tips/damagedone/index.html

      If the material is plastic, then we'd have to go to the books to see when imperial China was carving plastic, or you can guess the answer to that one. On the other hand, if it's ivory, then there are very strict laws in place regarding its movement.
    3. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      How would these laws apply to me? This was a gift?
    4. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      I’ve picked it up and it’s cold not warm as well it’s very very very heavy and there are no seams!
    5. noob, 3 years ago
      Laws regarding elephant ivory are complicated: http://fitzgibbonlaw.com/understanding-ivory-law/
    6. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      Also this was given as a gift from the grandmother or maybe great grandmother a very long time ago it’s been in her family for decades and gifting me it should not put me into any legal issues and it’s quite old looking as well so this could be grandfathered
    7. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      I trully believe this art piece is at least 100 years Old and possibly older!
    8. noob, 3 years ago
      You don't need to be concerned about any of that if it's not ivory. We can't see from this picture, but you can take a magnified look at the base and the top of the figure (if the material is exposed), and inspect the surface of the material (try the shiny forehead). Is it featureless plastic, or is it an organic material like ivory or bone? http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Tell-if-IVORY-is-Genuine-or-Not-Includes-Pics-/10000000010311348/g.html
    9. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 3 years ago
      Cast (not carved) plastic (resin) not ivory.

      T A
    10. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      Wiping an area with my saliva does not take out the color this whole piece does not have any areas on it to enlighten me to see the grain or absent of it is totally carved from top to bottom side to side completely covered in carvings!
    11. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      I don’t think it’s cast I think it’s carved if you think it’s casted how did you derive to this conclusion? And how did you determine resin vs ivory? What is your qualifications to determine this tube amp (ta) ?
    12. dwillis0892 dwillis0892, 3 years ago
      Any ideas on age and it is yellowed and the color does not wipe off
    13. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      I have a few similar Asian type carvings and they are neither Ivory nor cast. They are hand carved from alabaster. Alabaster is very heavy and dense yet fairly easy to carve. I notice in picture #2 a piece of the nose has broken off. That might be the ideal place to have an expert inspect.
    14. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 3 years ago
      And it’s not alabaster...

      https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/36583485_tall-norleans-italy-quan-yin-figurine-composite

      Cast Plastic.

      T A
    15. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Only a suggestion TubeAmp, don't get excited. Maybe the lady put it in the dryer with some coins and the nose broke ;) Have a fun day.
    16. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 3 years ago
      I don’t get childishly riled up about this stuff — not to worry, it’s more of a feeling of embarrassment really. You have a great day as well!

      T A

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