Qing Dynasty (uncertain)
Qing Dynasty - 20th Century
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.
Gift of John Deaver, 1923
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