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    Posted 8 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...

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Thank you Moonstonelover and Dr.Fluffy for your love!
    2. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      I just saw nearly the same on EBay!
      Check item n° 190896010718.
    5. toracat toracat, 8 years ago
      Really beautiful!!! I love Asian Collecting!!!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Thank you Toracat for your comment, I'm going to see how is Simon ;-) !
    7. inky inky, 8 years ago
      This is lovely, seems a very happy chappy!...:-)
    8. kyratango kyratango, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Very handsome craftsmanship, wonderful item!
    13. shrine shrine, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      kyratango - you're welcome. It's not hehe in anyway, just a kid.
    16. MrsWarren MrsWarren, 7 years ago
      Possibly Netsuke?
    17. Asia1 Asia1, 7 years ago
      Looks like agate, Chinese, 19th century...
    18. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 7 years ago
    19. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      heres a little something you can hum around the house while cleaning ...smiling love the toggle..
    20. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      The earliest known antique Japanese lacquers date back to 7,000 b.C., although it isn't yet clear whether these relics originated in China or in Japan. The commonly-accepted theory maintains that, from China, lacquer technology was introduced to Korea and from there to Japan. It is believed that lacquer was used during antiquity in Japan as well, but that the systematic application process was in fact developed by the Chinese. Nevertheless, following the discovery in Japan of lacquerware dating from the Jomon period, which runs from about 10,000 to 300 b.C., alternative theories emerged suggesting the technology may have also been developed independently in Japan.

      In Europe, the first antique Japanese lacquers arrived at the start of the 17th century, imported by the Portuguese and the Dutch. They were mostly musical instruments and furniture, which instantly became fashionable due to their glossy coatings and refined decorations, far superiors in quality to their European counterparts.

      The most valuable antique Japanese lacquers are the ones known as urushi, crafted with a technique which was already employed in Japan in prehistoric times, around 5,000 b.C. (when a number of lacquered items such as combs and trays where found in the Shimahama Tomb in Fukui Prefecture), but which only really flourished under influences from the mainland starting in the 6th century a.D. By the 9th century, however, the style had become unmistakably Japanese, and had come to include several new local techniques.

      Urushi is the sap extracted from the eponymous tree, which, due to its adhesive properties, had initially been utilized in the manufacturing of hunting and military weapons. In time other features were discovered, revealing how all objects treated with the resin became not only resistant, but also sturdier and waterproof. Therefore urushi stopped being used only as a protection or decorative coating for existing objects such as chairs or suits of armor, but also to manufacture new objects, like containers and statues, with a support of different materials like wood or clay.

      Since the 8th century, skilled master craftsmen have been producing exquisite works with these fabulous antique Japanese lacquers, introducing, over the centuries, many innovative and highly original techniques. In Japan, the use of lacquer wasn't limited to home furnishings and ornaments (oku-d?gu) or to ceremonial items (omote-d?gu), but extended also to religious objects and military equipment.

      During the Edo Period (1603-1868) this art reached its maximum expressions, with the lacquering of a vast range of materials (precious metals in leaf or powder, white and iridescent mother of pearl, ivory, turtle, ceramic, even eggshells and the skin of certain fish), which would be coated, protected and decorated with urushi.
    21. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      And for the video!!! :-)))))
    22. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      So my thoughts it all leads to CUDA which reverts back to CU to C++ your thoughts ,,, '-)) enjoy the day

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