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    Posted 3 months ago

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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:


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


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


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


      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:

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