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January 26, 2020, 02:56:09 pm
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« on: December 26, 2019, 03:29:09 pm »

Not nearly as exciting as Tom's beautiful soapstone boulder carving, but thought this an interesting seal made from a Yak horn.

No idea if this may have been used for specific documents, personal, contracts, a shop of some sort, art related, etc..  If someone can make out the seal script it might give an idea.. Would really be nice to know.

I do not know how old it might be, but I get the sense that it was handled and used quite a bit in it's day.







 
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 03:38:53 am »

Interesting seal George.

Look forward to one of our Chinese members translating the seal script.

By the way, how do you know it is yak bone? Could the material be horn rather than bone?

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By the way, how do you know it is yak bone? Could the material be horn rather than bone?

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The only way I could was to compare to other horn examples.. It does not seem to match any other types of horn except for possibly rhinoceros horn ? So I actually do not know for sure Smiley

Also, you are right Tom.. I originally wrote "bone", when I should have labeled "horn", and have changed the title..

 
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 08:09:26 am »

Dear George,

    It could well be Rhino horn. There are many Rhino horn libation cups, from as early as the Ming period [that I know of; there might be earlier examples].
It looks like a really nice, functional object.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2020, 04:28:11 am »

George,

I missed out this post of yours.


If i remember correctly, Rhino horn is made up of hair fibres, so the cross section should show black dots.
Does your horn seal show some of this trails ?


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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2020, 04:48:36 am »

George,

I missed out this post of yours.


If i remember correctly, Rhino horn is made up of hair fibres, so the cross section should show black dots.
Does your horn seal show some of this trails ?


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I can see dots on the top only, because the fibres run length wise. Also, there is a small hole on the face of the stamp where I can see the rhino horn keratin fibres inside.

I have also learned recently that the seal can be read, ying kui bai yin 英魁白印 , "The seal of Ying Kuibar"
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