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    Posted 3 months ago

    ho2cultcha
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    I found this little bowl recently and really love it! it feels very special. It's very thick and has something black inside of it. I think it's Chinese and made of carved bamboo. What do you think?

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    1. keramikos, 3 months ago
      ho2cultcha, That is indeed special. :-)

      It looks like it was turned on a lathe, but what intrigues me is the seeming translucent quality in the bowl rim in your third picture, and even a bit in the bowl base in your fourth picture.

      Am I seeing things that aren't there?

      If it is bamboo, could it have been infused with something?
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago
      i was thinking about that as i was laying in bed this morning. It is translucent and quite heavy for bamboo. I really don't know what it could be made of. It doesn't appear to be infused w/ anything that i can detect.
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago
      now i'm embarrassed! it's not bamboo, but was described as ox-horn! but still seems so heavy. it's really beautiful to hold!
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago
      on a fb site, i'm being told that it is not ox horn, but rhino horn. i have very mixed feelings about that.
    5. keramikos, 3 months ago
      ho2cultcha, Yeah, I getcha about the mixed feelings, but if it is rhinoceros horn, consider that it might be quite old.

      Here's an antique one:

      *snip*

      An 18th century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn wine cup Of typical form with shallow bowl 10.5 cm

      *snip*

      https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/rowleys-fine-art-auctioneers-and-valuers/catalogue-id-srrow10010/lot-6627fb87-1fc2-4afc-9e9c-a50200fcaaf7

      Here is a discussion about a horn cup and whether it's ox horn versus rhinoceros horn:

      *snip*

      I think the rhino horn shows fibrous, matted hairs, whereas the streaks in ox horn are caused by melanin deposits.

      *snip*

      https://www.asianart.com/phpforum/index.php?method=detailAll&Id=108338&PHPSESSID=8slfais8os052fpr261nn152o3

      That does make sense, seeing as rhinoceros horn is indeed hair.
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago
      Thank you keramikos. it's definitely not ox horn, and it sure does look like rhino horn - particularly w/ the dark center part and the patina. i think it's very old too.
    7. keramikos, 3 months ago
      ho2cultcha, You're welcome. :-)

      Some interesting factoids about the rhinoceros and rhinoceros products in Chinese history:

      https://www.comuseum.com/carving/rhino-horn-carving/

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