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Posted 4 years ago


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A kind of toggle, 6,5 cm or 2.1/4 inch long, 3,1 cm or1.3/16 inch wide and 2,2 cm or nearly 1 inch deep.
Stone is translucent agate but the "straw" shoes are carved out of the matrix! And, last but not least, the hair bun is laquered in ivory and black color!!!
I bought this a long long time ago at a temporary flea market in France.
I suppose it is very old but have no idea of the period...

Mystery Solved


  1. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Thank you Moonstonelover and Dr.Fluffy for your love!
  2. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
    A skilled stone carver will envision the finished piece floating inside the stone and they will incorporate the naturals of the material to inhance the design. The areas you say are laquered, I suspect are the outer mineral layer crust of the agate (think of an agate geode). Purely for pleasure, here is an excellent example of working with the naturals of the rough to create an unbelievable gem stone carving. ( Note a piece of the material that was this was carved from sits to the right of the frog.)

    Thank you,

    T A
  3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Thanks Tube Amp for your comment, love this frog!!!
    Definitely under a magnifier the bun part on head is covered with white and black lacquer then carved. Only the shoes are from the rough outer part of the stone.
    I wonder if it could be Ming in period...
    Any advice welcome!
  4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    I just saw nearly the same on EBay!
    Check item n° 190896010718.
  5. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Really beautiful!!! I love Asian Collecting!!!
  6. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Thank you Toracat for your comment, I'm going to see how is Simon ;-) !
  7. inky inky, 4 years ago
    This is lovely, seems a very happy chappy!...:-)
  8. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Thanks Inky for your comment, perhaps is he happy because it may be called a fondling stone ;-)
    see there:
    This one has the same smile!
  9. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    Hi, I just googled fondling stone and, well the sites that poped up were XXX! many were! Again thanks sooo much for A. Ter Verdoenk! I want to send you a present! Really! You made me so happy! Don XXXOOOXXX You live in France?!
  10. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Haha! That's modern life... it seems that in ancient China scholars collected works of art and specially things to carry on that were pleasant to the hand as this little fellow.
    I'm glad to have been helpfull for Ter Verdoenk! As I worked 20years in a chemist's, I have a great skill for deciffering MD prescriptions.
  11. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Thanks Phil! This little guy is filling me of good sentiments when I look his smile and is still one of my favourit!
  12. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Very handsome craftsmanship, wonderful item!
  13. shrine shrine, 4 years ago
    Sorry Kyratango, there is not much I can help. I don't collect agate and as agate is relatively hard and not easy to carve in ancient time, there are few agate antiques left on market. To my best knowledge, this one is hand carved and should be old, sometimes, very old like 300 years.

    As artificial agate has flooded the market recent days, may I ask how long have you had this one and how much did you pay for it? A real antique can be auctioned for $$$. The following is similar to yours and has fetched $8000 in 2010.

    Ring the bell?

  14. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    Oh shrine! You helped a lot!!! I wasn't able to find such similar to mine... Nor the personnage, is it a hoho or hehe?
    I bought it about 30 years ago in a temporary flea market in France for something like 50 francs (10$ now)!
    I knew it was a quality item then, but no idea of the value. Here in France chinese items were not valued so high at this period! Thanks a lot for your interest and researchs!!!
  15. shrine shrine, 4 years ago
    kyratango - you're welcome. It's not hehe in anyway, just a kid.
  16. MrsWarren MrsWarren, 3 years ago
    Possibly Netsuke?
  17. Asia1 Asia1, 3 years ago
    Looks like agate, Chinese, 19th century...
  18. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 3 years ago

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