Posted 2 years ago
Found this very unusual Chinese / Asian -style object today that I think is a twisted lampshade or some kind of ceremonial lantern /ornament. It is super strange because it is made of some kind of natural skin or hide that was stretched over a heavy twisted metal framework and sewn with thread. It is beautifully inlaid with artwork that adds texture which is fascinating because I can't figure out how they did it.
The hide is translucent. The red color appears to have been stained by some kind of staining process. The close-up shows what appears to be the hair follicles.
I'd love your feedback as to what was its purpose, what kind of skin or age. Thx for the help!
Bulbous shape.... Approx, 16in W X 11in H