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Chinese Carved Ivory Mystery Ball with Figure

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1900: Item # 694582

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A very unusual Chinese carving of a mystery ball, which are balls carved within balls. This was so difficult to carve and took much skill. The chain at the top appears to have been carved out of one piece. It is connected to a ring on the hat of the figure, perhaps a Chinese diety holding a lotus stem around her neck and a lotus leaf on her head. She has been connected to the balls. At the base is open work leaves connecting to 3 peaches, the symbol of longevity and a tassle hangs from this. I am not sure what this piece was used for, or how it hung, but it is certainly a most interesting carving from the China export era in the mid 19th century. It is in excellent condition, but if you look very carefully when the balls are in a certain position, you can see a break. Very hard to see unless looking for it and moving balls around. Measures 9" long without the silk tassle. Diameter of balls around 2". Return privilege providing item returned in sent condition. Postage/insurance extra. New York buyer pays their local county sales tax on item and shipping charges unless valid NY state sales tax number provided and resale certificate.