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    Posted 9 years ago

    murthog
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    All I know of these is that they are (obviously) Asian and they both stand 7 inches tall, including the ebony stands.
    Age is unknown. The ivory has yellowed, particularly on the male figure's back.
    There are no marks anywhere on either. I know that sometimes the character portrayed can give some clues - does anyone know of any references?

    Thanks.
    Alan

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    1. imander imander, 9 years ago
      hi
      thay are very nice looking, but i have my doubts on wether they are ivory, a lot of this sort of ware is produced in ox bone and resin, a hot needle test would be a help. Find an area that is hidden and heat up the end of a needle, if it pushes in easily then it probably is resin, if it wont go in it could be bone or ivory, a close look under a strong magnifier should show tell tale lines that naturally occur in ivory and bone. hope that helps a bit
      ian
    2. murthog, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the good advice. I examined them under a 4X loupe and I do see the lines. Just to make sure I will try that needle test later.
      If both have lines, how does one tell bone from ivory?
    3. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 7 years ago
      http://m.wikihow.com/Tell-Ivory-from-Bone
      They are lovely pieces-Do you know their age?
      Cheers Rose
    4. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Beautiful ivory carvings!

      https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Ivory-genuine-fake--confusing

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