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Posted 5 years ago


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This is quite old~ I do not know anything about it. I know a lot about wood and I assure that this wood has quite the 'Patina'. There is no "Rot" whatsoever. What looks like rot is a manifestation of decay, but from over a long period of time in a humid environment or it was buried in clay (there are no residues of clay. It is carved from a solid hardwood. I am a wood expert of wood (30 years) but without looking at the cellular structure through a microscope I cannot identify it.
It was purchased at a "junk shop" in Virginia.
It is about eighteen inches tall.
Any help would be so greatly appreciated. The apparel it is wearing, where is it from; India, Africa~ Asia; etc,? And what does the apparel mean ceremoniously i.e. war, festival, or whatever? Thank You!

Please help me in identifying and dating this piece


  1. cerey_runyon cerey_runyon, 5 years ago
    Thank You Again Bellin68~ Any help identifying this would be much appreciated! Thank You; CR~
  2. spiritinthesky3 spiritinthesky3, 5 years ago
    It's quite beautiful! Looks as if it could have been architectural, maybe some balaustre? It doesn't look like the stand is original. Beautiful! Enjoy!
  3. cerey_runyon cerey_runyon, 5 years ago
    Thank You,es I realize that the mounting piece is not part of it, as well I don't like the way in which it is mounted. I think it should be simpler. And i agree that it appears to be a part of furniture or architecture.
    I would like to know from what its origins are.
  4. sarahoff sarahoff, 4 years ago
    Thai elephant wood carving?
  5. HANUMAN1975 HANUMAN1975, 3 years ago
    Hi, this is from a Hindu Chariot (Ratha) that would have been pulled down the streets by hand during festivals in India. Some of these chariot would be 3-4 stories high, with 1000 carvings on them. Your pieces looks to have some age for sure. I actually collect this type of art. If you come across any more of these pieces please let me know, I would love to see them or if you are a seller then purchase from you. Thanks for sharing!

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