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Shou Shan Stone Carving of Carabao Group

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Shou Shan Stone Carving of Carabao Group
This hardstone Chinese carving of a carabao group is carved from a single block of mottled dark greenish gray serpentine with fluorescent yellow colors. A mother water buffalo and her two attentive calves are depicted in a soft luster through lapidary art in what the Chinese call shou shan stone. The water buffalo, or carabao, symbolize the coming of an abundant spring and fertile new year.[123A] The sculpture displays complicated carving and polishing because of its many undercuts. The three separate carabao figures are closely spaced on a single base to demonstrate the maternal and familial interplay, but made the craftsman's task more challenging. The mottled greenish gray serpentine contains yellow inclusions which produce fluorescent cream-yellow colors when exposed to ultraviolet (black) light.[96I] The serpentine carving comes with a padded brocade covered box and is displayed on a lacquered carved root base. More pictures, information and references on our website. Size of Figure Alone: ~ 4 1/4" H x 10 3/4" x 4 3/4"; Weight: ~ 6 1/4 pounds; Size of Figure with Base: ~ 8 1/4" H x 12 1/2" x 7"; Weight with base: ~ 10 1/4 pounds. Hardness: 2-3 on Mohs scale; Inclusions fluoresce cream.

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