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« on: July 07, 2016, 08:53:53 pm »

Another mystery in my small collection - a bone carving with calligraphy on the reverse, and in all the cracks and crevices there is gold dust (ancient Chinese pixie dust?)
This one was a sleeper because I very nearly didn't buy it, and now am so glad I did. I didn't know from the pictures that it was bone or that there was gold dust on it. I thought it was wood!

Any help in identifying the bone or the calligraphy would be so much appreciated!

 


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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 09:00:45 pm »

This looks more like horn to me, not bone. Charll is our resident expert in that area - perhaps he can make a better judgement than I.

The gold dust looks like it was an after thought, added for effect..........possibly by pixies!

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 09:19:24 pm »

Haha! Just wishful thinking! This bottle has a wonderful finish to it - it's buttery to the touch. It's not very "pretty" but I find myself drawn to it for some inexplicable reason.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2016, 10:31:33 pm »


Cathy and Tom,

From the photos alone it looks like horn to me.  Charll
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2016, 11:47:43 pm »

Thanks for your opinion Charll.

Now that Cathy has mentioned the 'buttery' feel of it, I am even more certain it is made of horn.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2016, 12:00:25 am »

Yes indeed, horn ..  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2016, 06:06:18 am »

Dear Cathy,

     The shape leads me to believe that it is modern.
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