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Carving

Puzzle (uncertain)

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Object Number:
C406A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made:
Qing Dynasty - 20th Century
Early Date:
1644
Late Date:
1923
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Ivory
Technique:
Carved
Iconography:
Boats
houses
People
Description:
Ivory ball sometimes referred to as a "devil's work ball." One of multiple pieces of an ivory carving. The bottom is a stand with a decorated edge followed by a section showing six figures two of whom are shown playing chess under a tree. Then comes a connecting piece that screws into the the center piece which is an elaborately decorated outside sphere with at least twelve more spheres inside. Then there is a second connecting piece which screws into the ball at the bottom and at the top screws into a carving of three children playing under a lotus bud.
Credit Line:
Gift of John Deaver

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